National Crime Writing Month kicks off at CrimeFest on 24 May 2012

National Crime Writing Month kicks off on Thursday at CrimeFest, where dozens of members of the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) are attending, (including yours truly on 25 May).  We're  taking part in panels, and meeting the hundreds of readers who will be in Bristol over the weekend of 24-27 May.

Crimefest will also see the Daggers Shortlist reception, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday May 25th, where the shortlists for the following Daggers will be announced:  CWA International, Non-Fiction, Library, Short Story, Debut and Ellis Peters Historical Daggers.

Crime Writing Month continues throughout June, with over 50 events planned so far thoughout the UK, all listed on the Crime Writing Month website. Look out too for some exciting competitions!

Crime Writing Month will end on 5th July (so it's actually just over a month!) at the CWA Awards Ceremony in the Library at One Birdcage Walk in London, a black tie dinner when the shortlisted authors will  know if they've  won a coveted CWA Dagger. This event will also see the awarding of the CWA Diamond Dagger for a lifetime achievement of writing crime fiction to Frederick Forsyth as well as being the occasion for the announcement of the longlists for the remaining three CWA Daggers: the Gold, Ian Fleming Steel, and John Creasey.

If you enjoy reading crime fiction or you're a budding crime writer then you might wish to visit the Crime Readers Association website where there are lots of interesting and informative articles plus some giveaways.