CrimeFest, the UK's biggest crime fiction convention, is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Annual CrimeFest Awards. The shortlist includes a mix of established names in crime fiction as well as a host of new talent.Crime fiction heavyweights Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Robert Galbraith will be fighting it out in the listener-voted Audible Sounds of Crime Award, with other competition including debut novelist Clare Mackintosh for her breakthrough smash hit I Let You Go, and Paula Hawkins for her international bestseller The Girl On The Train, now a major feature film. Denise Minda and Linwood Barclay are up for the eDunnit Award, along with debut novelist Jax Miller for Freedom's Child which she wrote whilst travelling round America on the back of the motorcycle. Elly Griffiths, Simon Brett and Christopher Fowler are amongst the names nominated for the Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Finally, Barry Forshaw is up for two H.R.F. Keating Awards, and Adam Sisman has also been shortlisted for his acclaimed biography of John le Carré.
The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 20 May.
Representing his fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said:
'The shortlist for our awards this year is our most exciting yet, with some of crime fiction's greatest writers up against some of the most successful debut novelists we've seen in recent years. To have such a diverse selection of authors spanning crime, thriller, humour, biography and non-fiction on the list is fantastic and showcases the talent out there within the genre! We are all very much excited about seeing who wins on 20th May.'
Peter James, Anne Holt, Ian Rankin and Hugh Fraser are among the top names set to speak at this year's CrimeFest convention. Close to 500 attendees, including more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fiction fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for a jam packed four days of 65 speaking events and panel discussions.
The CrimeFest programme includes a full schedule of panel events covering everything from a mock-trial debating the hotly contested conviction of Steven Avery in Making A Murderer, to panels discussing topics such as 'Crimes Against Humanity: Terrorism, War and International Intrigue' and 'Deadly Dames: Women As Killers, Investigators And Victims'
This year CrimeFest will be giving four independently published crime authors the opportunity to discuss their work at the Emerging Indie Voices Panel after what has been a landmark year for self-publishing.
The convention also includes a Pitch an Agent strand, a literary agent speed-dating session where unpublished authors can present their ideas in a Dragon's Den style session. Those wishing to pen their own crime novel can take part in a Crime Writing Day, which includes sessions with agents and editors, optional manuscript assessments and a workshop with bestselling crime writers M.R. Hall and William Ryan.
Finally, Ian Rankin, Susan Moody, Laura Wilson and others will be battling it out in 'Sorry I Haven't A Cluedo' – the ultimate quiz for crime fiction buffs, hosted by Mike Ripley
For the full line-up of authors visit www.crimefest.com/attend.html