The Crime Readers' Association

Alibis in the Archive hailed a great success

15th June 2017

A new crime-writing event, Alibis in the Archive, was a huge success. It took place at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire June 9-11 and involved a partnership with the CWA and the Detection Club. The library now stores the British Crime Writing Archives, and the sell-out residential event featured leading publishers and a host of crime-writers including CWA Diamond Dagger 2017 winner Ann Cleeves.  More photos can be found here.

CWA Chair Martin Edwards said: ‘Alibis in the Archive was an amazing success. Gifted presenters entertained delegates with a wide range of events, including two interactive murder mystery events, panel discussion, and talks on subjects ranging from Sherlock Holmes to secret poisonings and classic crime publishing. The wonderfully atmospheric Gladstone’s Library was the perfect setting, and feedback was so positive that we have already decided that Alibis will return in June next year. We’re expecting another sell-out.’

Other authors participating besides Ann and Martin included David Stuart Davies, Linda Stratmann, Stella Duffy, Kate Charles and Dagger in the Library shortlister Kate Ellis.

Martin added: ‘The CWA is committed to supporting the work of libraries, both public and independent, and to that end has recently created a Libraries Champion in author Ruth Dudley Edwards. This, coupled with the Dagger in the Library, Alibis in the Archive, and our National Crime Reading Month, which sees crime writers visiting libraries up and down the country, shows that the bond between libraries, crime writers, and readers has never been stronger.”



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