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Wednesday 4 October 2023

Capital Crime Success

by David Headley

London’s annual celebration of crime fiction, Capital Crime, took place from 31st August until 2nd September 2023. Focused on the reader, Capital Crime’s goal is to entertain guests and celebrate the very best in crime and thriller fiction by attracting authors and fans from all over the world to take part in a festival that is an extension of the vibrant and culturally diverse city it is proud to call home

The weekend’s events kicked off with Capital Crime’s future generations takeover as part of their social outreach initiative, which aims to demystify the publishing industry and encourage the next generation of authors and publishing professionals to pursue a career in publishing. 

Amy Baxter, Christina Demosthenous, Leodora Darlington and Manpreet Grewal talked about their journey into the industry, before authors Yomi Adegoke, Jack Jordan, Lia Middleton, and Nicola Williams
appeared in conversation with
Nadine Matheson to talk about moral dilemmas in modern society and crime fiction.

Dorothy Koomson, Louise Candlish discussed with Lisa Howells the many untrustworthy married couples they’ve created over their impressive careers.

Imran Mahmood interviewed actor Richard Armitage in his first event for his already well-received debut novel Geneva.
Richard Osman discussed his sensational Thursday Murder Club series with comedian Miles Jupp.

David Fennell, Ava Glass, Amen Alonge, Erin Kelly & Matt Nixon

Festival co-founder David Headley interviewed literary legend 
Kate Atkinson.

 Further highlights from the festival included
The Fingerprint Awards on Thursday evening, which saw authors including
Erin Kelly and Adele Parks celebrated; Quercus’s Fiction
Jane Wood awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award;
and Viking celebrated for their campaign for
Richard Osman’s The Bullet that Missed


Vaseem Khan, Lizzie Barber and Louise Hare talk about
Amateur sleuths and unlikely Detectives

Joanne Craven, Graham Bartlett, Mike Stotter and Mike Craven

With something for every crime reader, Capital Crime’s line-up of over 100 authors, a rooftop bar, Goldsboro Books on-site bookshop and a DHH Literary Agency Murder on the Dancefloor Disco, an entertaining and engaging weekend was had by all.

With inclusivity and a passion for crime fiction as the driving forces behind the festival, Capital Crime will return located next to the iconic London landmark of St Paul’s, see photograph below left.
By making significantly discounted tickets available to frontline workers, librarians and those on
income support and benefits,

The Capital Crime Conference in 2024
will be held at
Leonardo St Paul’s Hotel. London
30 May-1 June 2024

Capital Crime will continue to ensure that every crime reader can afford to meet their crime fiction heroes.
Early bird tickets are on sale now:

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