Crimefest, a convention devoted to crime fiction, takes place every year in Bristol. This year it’s on 24-27 May.
I have so much on that I may not make it this year, but so far it’s still in my diary. Having been several times I now know some of the other regulars, and it’s good to see them again and catch up with their news.
I love being able to wallow in a favourite type of fiction, to meet authors and to listen to a range of panel discussions covering everything from ancient Rome gritty to modern cosy.
I also end up buying more books than I intend to – but isn’t that something we all do?
The event is a meeting between the unreal world of fiction and the real one of the book business, and gives us the best of both.
Festivals – literary, musical, etc – represent a peaceable and friendly sharing of ideas, knowledge and skills. Here are people getting together for civilised learning and discussion on high and popular art and other interests they have in common. The proliferation of such events is surely one of the best things about our culture.
“The event is a meeting between the unreal world of fiction and the real one of the book business, and gives us the best of both.” What an excellent description! Last year was my first experience of CrimeFest and I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for 2012 as soon as I got home. Judging by comments on Twitter, the great line-up will attract the event’s best attendance yet this year. May can’t come soon enough.
I’m glad you liked my description, thank you for the comment. Thank you also for drawing my attention to the Twitter comments – I’ll check them out. I won’t be able to book very far in advance as I still don’t know what I’m doing then. I hope you have a wonderful time.