Osman, Rev. Richard Coles, Kate Mosse, Robert Harris, Dorothy Koomson, Bella
are amongst the authors confirmed for
London’s only crime and thriller festival,
29th September-1st October
after its hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.
Taking place in London’s stunning Battersea Park, Capital Crime will be hosting over 164 panellists, bringing together readers, authors, industry figures and the local community for the first major literary festival held on the site. With a Goldsboro Books pop-up bookshop in the iconic Pump House Gallery, the first ever Fingerprint Awards ceremony, alongside an array of London’s tastiest local street food vendors and bar area, it promises to be a weekend of fun, innovation and celebration of crime fiction.
On the opening night (Thursday 29th September), Anthony Horowitz, Kim Sherwood and Charlie Higson will be discussing all things Bond, and the role the capital city has played in the fictional spy’s life, and the 007 car from Sherwood’s incredible new novel, Double Or Nothing will be on display at the heart of the festival, in association with Alpine and Ian Fleming Publications.
Thursday’s programming will comprise of a series of events dedicated to Capital Crime’s social outreach programme, in which two sixth form students and their teachers from schools in and around the capital will be invited to meet with authors and publishing professionals to demystify the industry and attract new and diverse young voices into publishing.
Robert Harris will
be in conversation with comedian and podcaster Andrew Hunter Murray, discussing
dystopian fiction, and there will also be a very special opportunity for
aspiring authors to pitch their novel idea to agents David Headley (DHH), Emily
Glenister (DHH), Camilla Bolton (Darley Anderson) or Phillip Patterson
The first evening will close with the very first Fingerprint Award Ceremony. The winners, selected by readers across five categories Crime Novel of the Year; Thriller Novel of the Year; Historical Crime Novel of the Year; Debut Novel of the Year and Genre-Busting Novel of the Year, will be announced alongside a very special Lifetime Achievement Award and Industry Award of the Year.
include Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Robotham and
Mark Billingham interviewed
on the theme of ‘Crime Across Continents’ by Victoria
Selman, and Mark Edwards, Will Dean, Erin
Young and Chris
Whitaker speaking to Tariq Ashkanani about
setting their thrillers in the US.
In addition, Abir Mukherjee, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Anna Mazzola and Jessica Fellowes will be speaking to Suzy Edge about historical crime writing, and Dorothy Koomson and Kate Mosse will be in conversation about their work with the Women's Prize and the versatility of crime fiction. Claire McGowan, David Beckler, Catriona Ward, Chris Carter, Nicci French, W.C. Ryan, Stuart Neville and Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir will also be taking part in panels on the themes of courtroom dramas, ghost stories, crime set in Brighton and medicine in crime fiction, amongst other topics, throughout the day, and the first two rounds of Capital Crime’s quiz ‘Whose Crime Is It Anyway?’ will take place, featuring teams of debut authors.
Saturday will see Peter James interviewed
on his writing career by clinical psychologist Chris Merritt; bestsellers Jeffrey Archer, Lucy Foley
and Clare Mackintosh in conversation with Barry
Forshaw and a Polari Panel hosted by Paul
Other events include former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Lady Hale in conversation with Harriet Tyce; bestselling Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson in conversation with the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir; Sarah Vaughan, Louise Candlish and Paula Hawkins discussing the experience of screen adaptations, before rounding off the festival with Richard Osman in conversation with Bella Mackie.
The final round of
‘Whose Crime is it Anyway?’ will also take place, as well as panels on the
topics of spies, Grand Dames, detectives and comedy crime featuring Vaseem Khan, Robert Thorogood, Antti Tuomainen, Steve
Cavanagh, Jane Casey, Catherine Ryan Howard and
As well as panels
and events, there will be exciting public events throughout the weekend,
including launch events for Elly Griffiths’ breath-taking new thriller Bleeding Heart Yard,
The Perfect Crime anthology, which brings twenty-two bestselling crime writers
from across the world together in a razor sharp and deliciously sinister
collection of crime stories, and an interactive treasure hunt inspired by Peter
James’s latest blockbuster, Picture You Dead (publisher).
There will also be entertainment, including a crime-themed comedy performance from
The Noise Next Door on Thursday.