I love CrimeFest. It’s a place where authors and readers alike can mix and mingle, talk about nothing but books, plots and characters, and stay up late socialising at the hotel bar. Hosted every year at the Royal Marriott Hotel in Bristol, it’s a melting pot of well-known and lesser-known authors, avid crime readers and anyone else who has an interest in the genre.
There is an extensive programme of workshops, agent pitches, manuscript assessments, and even a forensic crime scene excursion. 2018 was exceptional with so many talks that I couldn’t decide which to attend. My favourite were Power, Corruption And Greed chaired by Jeffrey Siger and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Classic Thrillers chaired by Jake Kerridge. Then there was the incredible and inspirational panel discussion between Jeffrey Deaver and Lee Child, also chaired by a hilarious Jake Kerridge.
I attended an agent pitch session where I got to pitch my story, Run and Hide, to three well-established agents. It was a nerve-wracking experience, but the agents were all very friendly and we had an excellent ten-minute discussion about the book. They all asked that I send in the full manuscript, so I was pleased about that.
Bristol is a lovely town, and I had fun browsing the riverside bars and restaurants, enjoying live music and generally soaking up the vibey atmosphere. I’d recommend Crimefest to anyone who has a love for crime or is an amateur crime author.