To Do List – Holidays 2014

Old Stirling, Bloody Scotland venue

Old Stirling, Bloody Scotland venue

If you are a fan of a crime writing festival then around now would be a good time to get excited and start planning (and saving!)…we have already had news of Iceland Noir and the return of Bloody Scotland. The 4 day CrimeFest in Bristol has just been announced and has loads of great events in the programme.

At first glance the sessions at CrimeFest that caught my eye were the the following: Entertainment or Issues (Does a Crime Novel have something to say?), Archaeologists & Academics: Digging Up The Dead With A Spade or A Pen, Death in High Heels: Women As Victims and sessions on Iceland Noir and Euro Noir moderated by Barry Forshaw. Loads of other sessions and quizzes, awards, ‘in conversation’ interviews, a reception and gala dinner. It’s a grand affair.

Also just announced is Krimimessen, the biggest crime festival in Northern Europe according to their website and held in an old state penitentiary in Denmark which I must imagine makes a pretty atmospheric venue. Amongst a really interesting line up they have some events specifically about Nordic Noir, Scottish writer Philip Kerr receiving an award and talks on criminal psychology and villainology.

So as well as more general book festivals such as Aye Write in Glasgow, The Edinburgh International Book Festival we have crime specific Denmark, England,Scotland and then Iceland (see links below)…Go, meet people, make new friends, be inspired, learn, see things differently, enjoy….

See things differently!

See things differently!

Links to festivals mentioned:
http://www.crimefest.com/index.html
http://krimimessen.dk/about-the-crime-festival/krimimessen-2014-dont-miss-it
http://www.bloodyscotland.com/
http://www.icelandnoir.com/

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