Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Pre-Crimefest Summary

A very brief post today. I'm down in Bristol helping with CrimeFest preparations (a very grand term for acting as Adrian's skivvy. Today I have been putting together prize book bags (every panel has a book giveaway). This evening I will be stuffing envelopes for delegates. In the meantime, I am drinking one of Adrian's enormous cocktails. Delegates - expect to get the wrong things in your envelopes.

I'm moderating two panels on Friday:

I Was A Male Warbride - Confessions of A Crime Fiction Author - with Chris Ewan, Helen Fitzgerald, Douglas Lindsay and Steve Mosby at 11.20. I set them homework - all they had to do was write the first paragraph of a story featuring an animal protagonist. Based on what I have already seen, anyone with good taste should not attend this panel.

The Last Laugh Award Shortlist Panel - with Colin Bateman, Colin Cotterill, Chris Ewan and L C Tyler at 2.10pm.

So, just a few wee snippets in the meantime.

A review of Kate Atkinson's STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG.

Quintin Jardine at Waterstone's in Livingstone on June 8th. Before that, Christopher Brookmyre talks about WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED, in Glasgow on June 6th.

Denise Mina will be appearing on the BBC2 Review Show's monthly book programme on May 27th. And a review of the TV version of FIELD OF BLOOD.

More about Ian Rankin and the scholarship.

And he's not Scottish, but here's a great article on, and interview with, one of my favourite authors - Colin Cotterill.

I hope to have time to post while at Crimefest, but if not, see you all after the weekend.


  1. OOH, please post, Friend Feed and twitter (#crimefest) while you are there so us poor non-attendees can enjoy vicariously!

  2. ohhhhhhhhhhh how I wish I were in Bristol!!! Greatest convention ever! Donna, have a simply wondrous, frabjous, terrificest time!!!!! :-) Find time to laugh and have big fun as well as all the duties. Give Colin Cotterill a wave from me, a huge fan of his! Let us know here, how it goes, and of course we want a few photos, you know us. :-) Go Crimefest!!