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Whodunit in Bristol? Win Tickets to CrimeFest 2019 to Find Out!

2nd May 2019
By Antony Smith

The International Crime Fiction Convention returns to Bristol from 9-12 May at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel (that’s the one on Broad Street) to prove the “pen is bloodier than the sword.” Whether you’re a fresh-faced fan or a seasoned regular – CrimeFest is the place to celebrate the nefarious plots that keep us turning those pages with an unbridled and macabre curiosity.


To celebrate the return of CrimeFest, we’ve teamed up with the event organisers to give away 2 free full-weekend passes to the convention for 2 lucky winners. The passes provide free access to all panels, interviews, 2 receptions and the pub quiz!


Find out more about the event and how to enter below…


What’s the M.O. for CrimeFest 2019?

Why does CrimeFest continue to fascinate us? It’s the carefully curated programme that features top guests, shining the torchlight with insights into your favourite detectives and franchises.


This year, featured guests include:

  • John Harvey– the author of the Charlie Resnick series
  • Ashley Jensen– star of Agatha Raisin(with a special preview screening of

Agatha Raisin & The Wizard of Evesham)

  • Robert Thorogood– creator of Death in Paradise


Nordophiles will be delighted to see Friday’s panel aptly named ‘Scandi Is Dandy’, plus an unmissable Nordic line-up of participating guests:

  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir– best-selling Icelandic writer and recipient of the Petrona Award
  • Jørn Lier Horst– Norwegian author and winner of the Glass Key Award and Martin Beck Award
  • Gunnar Staalesen– who penned the Varg Veum series and has been garnered with not one, but threeGolden Pistols!
  • Antii Tuomainen– hailed as ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ with a Clue Award under his belt for Best Finnish Crime Novel
  • Alex Dahl– American-Norwegian writer of The Boy at the Door


And, Nordic Noir aficionado, Barry Forshaw, will be in attendance.


There’s plenty to choose from the co-running tracks, with panel highlights such as:

  • ‘Whose Story: Unique Voices and Unreliable Narrators’
  • ‘Mental Health – In Fact and In Fiction’
  • ‘They’ve Been in My Head for Years: Writing A Long-Standing Series’
  • ‘Deadly Enemies, Fickle Friends: Who Can You Trust?’
  • ‘Overrun by Cops: Multiple Police Procedural Series’
  • ‘Don’t Make Me Laugh: Humour in Crime Fiction’


Check out the full event programme here.


The Plot Thickens


In addition to the variety of sessions where you can hear international authors dive deeper into their art, you can expect a few “surprises” waiting in store. Not to mention, a couple of activities to make you think outside the book…


Forensic Crime Scene Excursion

Back by popular demand is the chance to meet (and interrogate) the crime scene experts at the University of the West of England. Here delegates are given special access to the brains who train both forensic science students and the police. If that’s not enough to tempt you, you won’t be able to pass up a trip to the Glenside Hospital Museum – formerly the Bristol Lunatic Asylum. That’s right, an asylum.


Pitch an Agent

If you’re an aspiring crime writer with a Stieg Larsson-esque story, you will be granted 10 minutes to privately pitch your ideas to Camilla Bolton (Darley Anderson Literary TV & Film Agency), Hellie Ogden (Janklow & Nesbit Agency), and Hannah Sheppard (DHH Literary Agency).


Don’t forget, in between panels and “surprises”, you can browse our selection of Arrow TV boxsets on DVD and Blu-ray to buy – from latest releases like Trapped – Season Twoto the Nordic Noir & Beyond Classics range, including The Killing and The Bridge.


Enter Our Exclusive Competition


To win weekend complimentary passes to attend CrimeFest 2019, find out how to enter at the bottom of this week’s Arrow TV Nordic Noir & Beyond digital Newsletter – which is sent out by email at 5pm.

Not yet subscribed? Click here to sign up! All you need to do is enter your name and email address to be in with a chance of winning!


To enter, you must be: (a) A UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry • The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of NordicNoir.TV • No purchase necessary • Only one entry per person. • The prize is 2x complimentary passes to CrimeFest per person, with 2x winners in total • The passes provide access to all panels, interviews, 2x receptions, and the pub quiz at the convention at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street from 9-12thMay 2019 • The weekend passes exclude accommodation, food, travel and other expenses • By entering the competition, you are allowing us to add you to the Nordic Noir & Beyond and CrimeFest mailing lists• All entries must be made using the form supplied • No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason • The winner will be chosen at random from all those entrants who have selected the correct answer • The closing date for the competition is 2pm 6th May 2019. If you win, we will notify you by e-mail • Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into • The prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize • If, for any reason, an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value • Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified


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