Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bits of Bliss in Bristol

CrimeFest 2019 may have ended in Bristol, England, almost two weeks ago, but that’s no reason to forget about it. At least not yet. Rap Sheet contributor Ali Karim has promised us a full, if belated, report on that three-day event (May 9-12) at some point in the very near future. And in the meantime, we have collected a variety of his latest CrimeFest photographs for posting today.

These include candid snapshots of some of the numerous authors who attended, a couple of pictures from the convention’s panel discussions, and two images captured during the Saturday night ticket-holders-only hoopla, the CrimeFest Awards Dinner. Even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s gala gathering, you should glean from all of these a basic understanding of what it entailed. Enjoy!

Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (The Absolution) practices her penmanship for the benefit of one of her many fans.

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel hosted this year’s gathering.

Scottish novelist Michael J. Malone (In the Absence of Miracles) pals around with U.S. writer Jeffrey Siger (Murder in Mykonos).

Meeting this personable trio on the streets of Bristol, you’d never know they were fully capable of plotting murder. Left to right: novelists Cathy Ace, Steve Mosby, and Christopher Huang.

Prolific British “queen of crime” Martina Cole chats with her longtime friend, The Rap Sheet’s own Ali Karim.

Telegraph books critic Jake Kerridge (shown in this photo on the far right) moderates a lively Friday panel discussion titled “Crime Fiction Legacies: Desmond Bagley, Campion, Holmes, and More.” With him, left to right: Shots columnist Mike Ripley; author Bonnie MacBird (The Devil’s Due); and David Brawn, the publishing director of Estates at HarperCollins.

CrimeFest organizers Donna Moore and Adrian Muller.

Noted raconteur Mike Ripley was on hand during these festivities to promote his non-fiction book Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed.

Ali Karim with Corrine Turner, the managing director of Ian Fleming Publications and the chair of judges for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.

The distinguished lineup for a Scandinavian crime-fiction panel discussion called—what else?—“Scandi Is Dandy”: Alex Dahl, Jørn Lier Horst, Antii Tuomainen, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, with moderator Kevin Wignall on the extreme right.

Robert Wilson, author of the Javier Falcón and Charles Boxer mysteries, alongside Zoë Sharp, creator of the Charlie Fox series.

M.W. “Mike” Craven, author of The Puppet Show, with Felix Francis (Crisis), who’s successfully stepped into the shoes left behind by his mystery-writing father, Dick Francis.

New Zealand-rooted blogger Craig Sisterson stops for a photo with British thriller writer Mick Herron (Joe Country).

Norwegian crime-fictionist Jørn Lier Horst, whose tale The Katharina Code won the 2019 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year, embraces editor, translator, and reviewer Kat Hall (left) as well as Karen Meek, the editor of Euro Crime.

Here’s a dapper, delighted pair: Journalist-author Peter Guttridge is all smiles at the CrimeFest Awards Dinner, alongside Tony Mulliken, owner of the London-based Midas PR agency.

(All photos in this post copyright © Ali Karim 2019.)

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