TeleRead is fortunate enough to be attending the CrimeFest 2018 tenth anniversary international crime fiction convention in Bristol. According to the organizers, CrimeFest is “not only one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar.” Participating authors this year include John Banville, Simon BrettLee Child (he of the Jack Reacher series), Martina ColeJeffery Deaver, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Emma Kavanagh, and many, many more – in fact, over 150, according to CrimeFest.

CrimeFest will take place at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on Bristol’s College Green, on May 17th-20th, 2018. As per the usual convention format, the authors, expert witnesses, and other luminaries will be scattered across multiple tracks, tackling themes from “Climate Change: Cold Crimes And Hot Homicides” to “Domestic Malice: When Your Partner Can’t Be Trusted.” For aspiring crime authors, there will be a Pitch an Agent event, The CrimeFest Awards will be presented at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday May 19th.

I’m especially looking forward to the “Cold Chills: A Touch of The Supernatural” and “It’s All In The Mind: Psychology, Obsession and Paranoia” panels, but the whole event looks like a jamboree of nefarious and sinister doings. Watch this space for more on-the-spot reporting from CrimeFest 2018 later in the week.