Capital Crime - London's First International Crime Festival!

I was so excited when I first read about Capital Crime - London's First International Crime Festival which is taking place at the Grand Connaught Rooms from 26th - 28th September 2019.  Although I don't solely review crime novels, they do make up the bulk of my reading these days. That wasn't always the case, however, and although I grew up with the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and later Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, there were many years where I just occasionally read a thriller. After I started this blog, I gradually found myself drawn more and more to the genre - partly because the crime writing and reading community is SO enthusiastic but mostly because I realised just how good and how varied the stories are.
In the six years I've been blogging I've been fortunate to have met quite a few crime writers and it's always such a treat. I'd really recommend coming to an event, whether you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre or just dabble now and again. What better place to start than Capital Crime, which will be featuring authors and filmmakers and bringing some of the leading crime and thriller creatives in the world to London? Intrigued? Here's some more about it;

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.

Panels of note include: The Interrogation of Mark Billingham: The bestselling author is put through his paces by Graham Bartlett, an experienced police interrogator; Ian Rankin discusses The Human Cost of Crime with Don Winslow. Also there is a quiz panel Whose Crime is it Anyway? pitting debut crime and thriller authors against each other with Paul Clayton hosting; The Forensic Mind:Denise Mina and Ann Cleeves discuss what makes a great detective, moderated by Chris Ewan;  Plus Are We Living in An Espionage Thriller: Tom Bradby, Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner and Stella Rimington offer their unique insights into events that concern us all.

The crime and thriller community is excited about Capital Crime.

Martina Cole (No Mercy – Headline – Autumn) said: ‘We have all been waiting for a London based festival like Capital Crime.  It’s fantastic to see such a diverse line up of crime and thriller writers taking part.  David Headley and Adam Hamdy have put together an amazing programme of events for the first crime festival in London and I’m thrilled to be part of it.’ 

Ann Cleeves (The Long Call – Pan Macmillan – September)  ‘I’m delighted to be taking part in the very first Capital Crime and can’t wait to meet readers and writers in London in September.’  

Best-selling London based author Abir Mukherjee (Smoke and Ashes – Vintage - June) said: ‘London is one of the world’s great cities, the setting, and often the inspiration, for some most infamous true crimes and some of the world’s best loved fictional detectives. It’s the home of Scotland Yard, Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes and a natural location for a festival bringing together international fans and authors in a celebration of the very best and latest that crime fiction has to offer. It’s long overdue and I hope Capital Crime becomes a regular fixture in the crime fiction calendar.’

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 Writers Award. The festival is the brainchild of British screenwriter Adam Hamdy and Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, David Headley.

Adam Hamdy said:  

‘We’re thrilled to be launching Capital Crime and are excited about our amazing guest line-up. We look forward to welcoming crime and thriller fans from all over the world to London for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining festival experience.’

David Headley was interviewed about Capital Crime on London Live. You can watch it here.

 Abir Mukherjee| Ian Rankin| Anthony Horowitz | Kate Atkinson | Martina Cole | Ann Cleeves| Mark Billingham | |Tom Bradby | John Connolly| David Baldacci | Frank Gardner | Robert Glenister | Robert Harris | Charles Cumming  Peter James | Lynda La Plante | Simon Mayo | Steph McGovern | Kate Mosse | Denise Mina| Leye Adenle| Dreda Say Mitchell | |Catherine Steadman | Stella Rimington | Don Winslow | Louise Candlish | Mark Edwards |And many more…

If that's tempted you, I'm also thrilled to inform you that the organisers recently announced on Twitter that they have reduced the ticket prices!

Tickets are available here.
I can't wait and hope to see some of you there!

About the Organisers

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.

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.