Friday, 7 August 2009

Honoured crime writer headlines second annual event at Ludlow Castle

Andrew Taylor, who has been honoured this year as the recipient of the 2009 Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement, the highest accolade in the crime-writing field, will take part in the second annual ‘Crime at the Castle’ evening on Wednesday 19 August. Andrew’s latest novel, Bleeding Heart Square, was short-listed for Ellis Peters Dagger Award for the best historical crime novel published in 2008.
This year’s line-up of distinguished crime writers balances some favourites from last year (Andrew, as well as organiser Kate Charles, Phil Rickman, and Marcia Talley) with new faces: Natasha Cooper, Martin Edwards, Suzette Hill, and Laura Wilson, recent winner of the Ellis Peter Dagger for her novel Stratton’s War.
Last year’s ‘CrimeFest at the Castle’ was a hugely successful event, in spite of less than optimal weather conditions. All tickets were sold out a week before the event, and those lucky enough to get a ticket were unanimous in demanding a return engagement in 2009.
‘Crime at the Castle’ 2009 will follow a similar format to last year. Ludlow-based Kate Charles, a former Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, will moderate a panel of her colleagues. They will discuss their books and answer questions from the audience. There will then be opportunity to meet and mingle with the writers, and have books signed. Hopes are high that this year’s weather will be more clement and that the festivities will spill out into the castle gardens.
Books by all of the participants will be available for purchase and signing. Doors will open at 7.00 to allow browsing and book-buying before the 7.30 start.
Tickets for ‘Crime at the Castle’ are again strictly limited to 100, so early purchase is recommended. They are priced at just £5, to include a glass of wine, and are available at Castle Bookshop, 5 Castle Street, Ludlow (tel: 01584 872562).

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