Right about now, I am probably having breakfast, making all my last minute preparations ahead of my now annual trip up the road to Harrogate. Theakston’s Crime Festival is one of the highlights of my summer and every year we see some of the top crime writers from around the globe descend upon the town to delight readers.
This year, we have something new and just as absolutely awesome to look forward to, with a brand new addition to the Crime Festival schedule – Capital Crime. Taking place from 26th – 28th September at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, Capital Crime, the brainchild of David Headley and Adam Hamdy, will see some of the best known crime writers head to the capital to talk all things books in a festival that promises to be fun, friendly and full of book talk.
I was very fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of Capital Crime a couple of weeks ago and having seen the programme, this promises to be a fantastic festival combining all of the best parts of some of my favourite festivals. From author panels, to innovative introductions to the newest kids on the block, right through to some very intriguing evening events, this festival really does offer it all, and day and weekend tickets are available to purchase right here. See below for just a snippet from the schedule. (To see the full schedule, take a trip over to capitalcrime.org)
So, you want to know more about who will be there, right? Participating authors include David Baldacci, Ian Rankin, Don Winslow, Ann Cleeves, John Connolly, Mark Billingham, Sarah Hilary, Mark Edwards, Robert Harris, Lynda La Plante, Martina Cole, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Anthony Horowitz … I could literally go on, and on, and on … You get the drift. Head over to the website for the full line up and to see why I am really excited about this festival.
About Capital Crime
The first international crime and thriller festival in London, Capital Crime offers fans unprecedented access to their favourite crime and thriller creatives. Capital Crime is a celebration of books, films and TV and the line-up is an unrivalled mix of world class talent, rising stars and newcomers. Capital Crime is a must for fans of all things crime and thriller.
Capital Crime is a diverse, inclusive and socially responsible festival, running initiatives including social outreach to support students exploring a literary career, an innovative digital festival and the launch of their New Voices Award. The festival is the brainchild of British screenwriter Adam Hamdy and Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, David Headley.
To read more about twenty years of my favourite bookshop in London, Goldsboro Books, and all things Capital Crime, head over to London Live to see an interview with David Headly, here.
About the Organisers
About David Headley
David Headley studied theology in London and Durham before co-founding and becoming the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired, leading independent bookseller, based in central London.
He has gained a reputation for championing debut authors and he created the UK’s largest collectors’ book club. David has won awards for bookselling and in 2015 he was included in the Top 100 most influential people in publishing by The Bookseller.
David is also the MD of The Dome Press, a small, independent publisher based in London, and co-founder of Capital Crime.
About Adam Hamdy
Adam Hamdy is a London-born, British screenwriter and author. Adam recently signed a three-book deal with Pan Macmillan. BLACK THIRTEEEN, the first book in the new thriller series, will be published in autumn 2019. As a screenwriter, Adam is currently adapting a multi-million copy New York Times bestselling novel for a US studio. In the past year he has written screenplays for four Academy Award-winning production companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. He is a seasoned skier, rock climber, and marksman.
Capital Crime Social Outreach Initiative
Capital Crime is a diverse, inclusive and socially responsible festival. With more cuts than ever to creative programmes in schools and universities across the United Kingdom, Capital Crime wants to support the communities on their doorstep to ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity to meet leading industry professionals and authors. Capital Crime’s Social Outreach Initiative hopes to inspire and educate aspiring talent and includes events with bestselling authors and publishing professionals for state-funded sixth-form students and special ticket rates for librarians and low-income families.
Photos of the first event here.
Capital Crime Goes Digital …
Capital Crime is launching a Digital Festival in conjunction with the live event. This will provide an opportunity to reach crime and thriller writers and readers all year round. The Capital Crime Digital Festival will showcase interviews, profiles and features with over 70 authors on multiple platforms after the inaugural festival. It will be regularly updated throughout the year with new and engaging content.
So what are you waiting for. Go grab your tickets now and, who knows? Might see you there?