Billingham and Elly Griffiths have been announced as the Featured Guests at one
of Europe’s biggest crime fiction conventions this spring.
sponsored by Specsavers, is hosted from 11 to 14 May 2023 at the Mercure
Bristol Grand Hotel. Up to 150 authors will descend on Bristol appearing in
over 50 panels.
guest Mark Billingham worked as an actor and stand-up comedian before
publishing his first crime novel Sleepyhead in 2001. Billingham’s
novels have now sold over 6 million copies. He has had 21 Sunday
Times bestsellers and two TV series have been made of Mark’s books – Thorne by
Sky starring David Morrissey, and In the Dark by the BBC. A third is
currently in development. Rabbit Hole, his 2020 novel, was named as
Crime Book of the Year by The Times.
regular on TV and radio, he launches his first new book series for 20 years
with The Last Dance, which is set in Blackpool and features Detective
Declan Miller. The Last Dance is published on 25 May 2023.
crime author Elly Griffiths is best known for her Dr Ruth Galloway series. This
year, she brings the beloved series to a close with the 15th instalment of
the no. 1 Sunday Times bestselling series, The Last Remains.
is also the author of The Brighton Mystery series, set in the 1950’s and 60’s,
inspired by her own grandfather’s life on the stage, as well as three
standalone novels, the latest Bleeding Heart Yard, was published to
glowing reviews in October 2022. She is #18 on the list of most borrowed
authors from UK libraries and is a recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association
Dagger in the Library award.
CrimeFest convention began in Bristol in 2008 and attracts readers, fans,
editors, publishers and reviewers, thanks to its reputation as a hotbed for
crime writing talent.
and co-founder of CrimeFest, Adrian Muller, said: “It’s a delight to welcome
each year featured guest authors to CrimeFest, and we are thrilled to announce
Elly and Mark for 2023. Both are not only hugely acclaimed names in the genre,
but are also known for being warm, friendly and entertaining at literary
events, so audiences are in for a real treat.”
a convention, CrimeFest is open to all published authors and known for its
inclusive approach. The event is run by a team of committed volunteers.
returning is last year’s featured guest, Andrew Child – brother of Lee Child
and co-writer of the iconic Jack Reacher series. Reacher had the big screen
treatment with Tom Cruise, followed by the more recent Amazon TV adaptation
starring Alan Ritchson.
acclaimed authors include Vaseem Khan, the author of two award-winning crime
series set in India. His latest, The Last Man of Bombay was picked as
the top crime book of the year by the Guardian, Financial Times and Daily
Dean, whose debut in 2017 Dark Pines became a word-of-mouth
sensation, attends with his latest novel Wolf Pack. Also appearing is
Abigail Dean, who was an instant Sunday Times bestseller with her debut Girl
A in 2021.
also welcomes the 2022 CWA New Blood Dagger winner and CrimeFest Award nominee,
Janice Hallett, best known for her phenomenally successful debut
thriller, The Appeal with her latest, The Mysterious Case of the
returning is a former CrimeFest Toastmaster, the screenwriter and novelist
Robert Thorogood, creator of the immensely popular BBC One series Death in
Paradise; the new spin-off series Beyond Paradise starring Kris
Marshall will be screened on BBC1 from Friday, February 24, 2023.
will see some of the genre’s most established names descend, including the
crime author, playwright and TV and radio producer Simon Brett, the Canadian
mystery writer Cathy Ace, the author, critic and historian Martin Edwards, and
author and chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, Maxim Jakubowski. Maxim
also returns as the host of the closing Criminal Mastermind Quiz.
fiction is the most popular genre in the UK and dominates our TV screens; a
wealth of crime authors in attendance have had books recently snapped up for TV
or film adaptations.
Mary Perkins, who founded the national and international chain of opticians
Specsavers in Bristol, is the headline sponsor.
Mary said: “I am an avid reader and fan of the genre, and I always look forward
to CrimeFest, which is so friendly it feels like all who go are welcomed as
part of a big family, connected by a love of books and reading. We are proud
sponsors of the convention.”
Moore, co-founder: “We pride ourselves on being open to new and established
authors, creating a friendly and inclusive energy at CrimeFest. Bristol is
known for its vibrant, creative and independent spirit, and CrimeFest offers an
exciting opportunity for writers and readers alike to meet and mingle.”
include the annual Pub Quiz with the journalist and author Peter Guttridge as
the Inquisitor; Peter is also the Toastmaster at the annual CrimeFest Awards,
featuring the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award.
will also offer the CrimeFest bursary for a crime fiction author of colour. The
bursary covers the costs of a weekend pass to the convention, with a night’s
accommodation and panel appearance.
partnership with the independent Max Minerva’s Bookshop, CrimeFest is giving
away £4,000 worth of books to eight primary and five secondary inner-city
schools in Bristol. CrimeFest offers discounts to students and the unemployed.
full programme will be announced shortly.
CrimeFest runs at the
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel from 11-14 May, 2023. For details and to book, go