The Crime Readers' Association

CrimeFest and the CWA Diamond Dagger

11th May 2015

The CWA is excited to announce that the 2015 Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird will be doing a series of appearances at this year’s Crime Fest.

The acclaimed author, who follows in the footsteps of Simon Brett, Lee Child and Frederick Forsyth as the Diamond Dagger winner, will be interviewed by the Telegraph’s arts critic Jake Kerridge about her life, work and being honoured with the top prize in crime fiction. Catherine has been crafting her deliciously dark tales since the 1960s and has published 20 books in her Chronicles Of Calleshire series, which follow the cases of DCI Sloane and his hapless sidekick DC Crosby.

Catherine will be in conversation on Saturday morning at 10.10am as part of an incredible line up of talent across the day, which will feature a whole host of crime fiction favourites. Crime Fest is always a celebration of the very best in the genre, but delegates are in for a real treat this year with a range of famous faces and exciting panels to delve deeper into every aspect of crime fiction.

As well as discussing her own work, Catherine will participate in the Forgotten Authors panel, moderated by the CWA’s vice chair Martin Edwards. She’ll be talking about Scottish author Josephine Tey, whose novel The Daughter Of Time (published in 1951) was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the CWA in 1990.

As well as winning our most prestigious award, Catherine is going to be handing one out. After judging the entries for this year’s Margery Allingham short story competition, Catherine will be presenting the prize to our winner. They will receive £1,000, as well as weekend passes to the 2016 Crime Fest.

The CWA is very proud to be part of Crime Fest, which is a truly magnificent event and a great celebration for our authors. We’ll be announcing the shortlist for this year’s Dagger Awards on Friday 15th May at 6.30pm at Palm Court.

If you haven’t yet got your tickets, log on to and make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a wonderful weekend.


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