The Crime Readers' Association

CWA 60th Anniversary: November 5th, London

9th October 2013

You may have seen that we are canvassing the Crime Readers’ Association for their opinion for our Best Ever Poll (Best Ever Novel, Best Ever Author and Best Ever Series) but have you booked your tickets for our 60th anniversary party yet? On this night we will celebrate the Crime Writers’ Association as well as revealing the winners of this poll.

To top this all off we are very pleased to be able to announce that we will also have a panel of wonderful writers who will be discussing the past, present and future of the genre as well as their personal experiences of being proud members of the crime writing community. This line up includes Barry Forshaw, Zoë Sharp, Belinda Bauer and David Stuart Davies – all experts in their fields and very entertaining speakers in their own right.

Date: 5th November 2013
Venue: Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: £5/£3 concessions
Tickets can be purchased directly from Foyles

We do hope you will join us.

Barry Forshaw is the UK’s leading expert on crime fiction. His books include Nordic Noir, British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate. Other work: British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir, the HRF Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and Italian Cinema. He writes for various newspapers and edits Crime Time.

Zoë Sharp wrote her first novel when she was fifteen, and created the no-nonsense Charlie Fox after receiving death-threat letters as a photojournalist. Her work has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Benjamin Franklin, and Macavity Awards in the United States, as well as twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger. Sharp blogs regularly on her own website,, and is a new recruit to the acclaimed group blog, MurderIsEverywhere, as well as making occasional contributions to The Hardboiled Collective. She also witters on Twitter (@AuthorZoeSharp) and fools around on Facebook, mainly posting silly jokes and forgetting to plug her own work.

Belinda Bauer was raised in England and South Africa. She came to books via journalism and screenwriting and her first novel, Blacklands was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and, a year later, won the CWA Gold Dagger. Since then she has published three more novels and won the CWA Dagger in the Library. Her latest, Rubbernecker, was shortlisted for the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger. Belinda is inspired by people, movies and three-minute pop songs. Her ambition is to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.


David Stuart Davies is an expert on Sherlock Holmes and has written two film books, two plays and seven novels featuring the character. His latest novel, Sherlock Holmes & The Devil’s Promise comes out next year from Titan. However, he has also created his own private detective, Johnny Hawke, who appears in six novels set in WWII. His latest thriller, Brothers in Blood, (Mystery Press, 2013) is set in his home town of Huddersfield. David has edited Red Herrings, the CWA’s monthly magazine, for fourteen years and is general editor for Wordsworth’s Mystery & Supernatural series.

The CWA 60th Anniversary event and CWA Best Ever Poll are sponsored by H W Fisher & Company

HW Fisher & Company

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