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Monday, 15 May 2017

CWA. Ruth Dudley Edwards appointed Libraries Champion

Crime Writers appoint Libraries Champion
The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed its first Libraries Champion, Ruth Dudley Edwards. Ruth and the CWA will work with libraries nationwide to support the public library network, promote the value of reading for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, and promote crime writing.
Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, said, “Ruth Dudley Edwards is the ideal person to lead this exciting initiative. The CWA already has strong links with libraries throughout the country. Our annual Dagger in the Library award has been highly prized for 20 years, and June sees National Crime Writing Month, with crime writers appearing at libraries throughout Britain, as well as our Alibis in the Archive conference at Gladstone’s Library, near Chester.

“Ruth is an award-winning crime novelist and writer of non-fiction, and her fearless journalism commands respect internationally. She will be a passionate and effective advocate for libraries and for the value of books in all communities.”
Ruth Dudley Edwards said: “I’m delighted to have this chance to build on the already close relationship CWA members enjoy with librarians throughout the United Kingdom. I’ve never met a crime writer who didn’t love libraries.”  
Neil MacInnes, President of the Society of Chief Librarians, and Strategic Lead on Libraries, Galleries and Culture for Manchester City Council said: “I am delighted to welcome Ruth as the Libraries Champion and look forward to developing opportunities and programmes for SCL & public libraries to work with the CWA to promote reading and libraries.” 

Press contacts
Jason Simms/Marnie Bradford
Tel: 01787 226995
 The winner of the Dagger in the Library 2017 will be announced at a reception following
Bodies from the Library at the British Library on Saturday June 17.
In contention are authors
Kate Ellis, Tana French, Mari Hannah, James Oswald, CJ Sansom
and Andrew Taylor.

The Crime Writers’ Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey and is the foremost UK-based association for authors, publishers, editors and bloggers working in the crime genre. The CWA organises the prestigious CWA Daggers that reward the best in crime writing every year.

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