One month today will see the doors open on the very first Capital Crime, and I for one cannot wait. With so many brilliant authors to
stalk listen to, I’m actually struggling to know which panels to attend and which I am, reluctantly, going to have to miss.
Thursday night sees weekend ticket holders celebrating the opening of the festival and finding out which if the many entrants has won the New Voices Award. Voted for by festival goers, the award has seen budding authors submit the first three chapters of their novels for perusal and personally I cannot think of anything more nerve wracking. Fairplay and good luck to everyone brave enough to enter.
The fun begins again on Friday morning with the first panels of the festival. Authors appearing include: Ruth Ware, Christopher Fowler, John Curran, Sophie Hannah and LC Tyler discussing The Influence of Agatha Christie; Mark Billingham being interrogated by Graham Bartlett; Vaseem Khan, Leye Adenle, Craig Russell, Abir Mukherjee and Shaun Harris talking about Crime on a Global Scale; Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner, Tom Bradby, Stella Rimington and Adam Hamdy, talking all things modern espionage in the Are We Living in a Spy Thriller panel; Belinda Bauer, Jane Casey, Robert Goddard, Alex North and Joe Haddow in The Truth In Pieces; and a plethora of new crime writers being put through their paces in two rounds of Whose Crime Is It Anyway with Paul Clayton.
And that’s only up to lunchtime …
After refuelling pitstops for both authors and attendees we can expect more fun with Mark Edwards and Lisa Jewell in conversation; Anthony Horowitz and Adam Hamdy taking the audience through The Genesis of an Idea; Martina Cole and a special guest discuss London as an iconic setting; Ian Rankin and Don Winslow talk The Human Cost of Crime; in Torn From History Simon Mayo, Kate Mosse and Antonia Hodgson
talk historical crime with Anna Mazzola; Killer Women members Julia Crouch, Sarah Hilary, Amanda Jennings, Colette McBeth and Kate Rhodes
talk about feminism in crime fiction. You’ll find Peter James & Lynda La Plante in conversation with Barry Forshaw; the Whose Crime Is It Anyway? Grand Final; a Mystery Panel and the last panel of the day, Robert Harris being interviewed by Steph McGovern
If that’s not enough for you, weekend and Friday pass holders can attend an exclusive film screening to see you to the end of the day. Blimey. I’m tored just thinking about it …
Saturday sees yet more bookish shenanigans with a Mystery Panel which is still to be announced …; Fiona Cummins, Laura Sheppard-Robinson, CJ
Tudor, Olivia Kiernan and Amy McLellan talking about When Women Make Murderers; a panel I AM most definitely looking forward to, Chilled to the Bone with Ragnar Jónasson, Will Dean, Antti Tuomainen, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir talking all things Scandi Noir with Karen Sullivan; Jack Flynn, William Clegg QC, Colin Sutton, Robert Bridgestock and Emma Kavanagh asking Is True Crime Better than Fiction?; Beneath the Surface with Elly Griffiths, Ali Land, Teresa Driscoll, Louise
Candlish, Fiona Barton and Erin Kelly; Building Drama Page by Page
Robert Glenister, Catherine Steadman and special guests discuss the art of bringing an audiobook to life; and Britain’s Toughest Streets with
Dreda Say Mitchell, Steph Marland, Amer Anwar, MW Craven and David Mark, before we break for lunch.
After the satisfying the munchies we get Kate Atkinson in conversation with Jake Kerridge; The Wrong Side of the Law with Tony Kent, Imran Mahmood, Harriet Tyce, Steve Cavanagh and Ayo Onatade; The Forensic Mind sees Denise Mina and Ann Cleeves discuss what makes a great detective with Chris Ewan; In The Mind of A Criminal with Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Simon Kernick, Winnie M Li discuss and Jenny Blackhurst; High Octane Thrillers see James Swallow, Chris Ryan, Kimberley Howe
discuss the popularity of the action thriller with Adam Hamdy. Another highlight for me as super
stalker fan is John Connolly – A career retrospective. In Changing Times Mari Hannah, Joseph Knox, Stav
Sherez, AA Dhand and Paul Burston discuss how political and social changes shapes crime fiction; Fantastic Crime with Stuart Turton, Ben
Aaronovitch, Sarah Pinborough and JD Fennell in conversation and the final panel of the weekend, David Baldacci interviewed by Kimberley Howe.
That’s not the end though. To round off the weekend there is one final cocktails party and the Capital Crime Readers Awards.
I cannot wait, and if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, you’d best get going. With day tickets reduced to £80 and weekend tickets £150, I think we can all agree that you have got yourselves more than a bargain right there. You can find tickets (hopefully) at the Capital Crime Website.
Maybe I’ll see you there?
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.