September is all set to be a month of fruitfulness for Crime Cymru, though maybe more bloody than mellow. A chance to catch up with a lot of us at some not-to-be-missed events.
On September 2nd, at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, there will be a screening preview of Phil Rowland’s new drama from S4C, Pili Pala, with a Q&A session to follow. Free but ticketed. And if you miss that, the first part will be broadcast on S4C on September 8th.
On September 5th, Katherine Stansfield, winner of this year’s Holyer an Gof award, will be at the Cornish Gorsedh literary festival in the old town hall in St Just in Penwith, near Penzance, in conversation with Pat Parry. It’s a free event, and it’s followed, two weeks later, by the publication of Katherine’s third historical Cornish mystery, The Mermaid’s Call, on 19th September.
Also due for publication this month is John Nicholl’s latest thriller, The Girl in White, on September 4th.
On September 6th, Jan Newton will be talking about her books at the Cwtsh Community & Arts Centre in Newport, as a fund-raising event for Cwtsh (tickets £3)
Philip Gwynne Jones is coming over from Venice, to race around the British Isles, starting with Bloody Scotland on September 22nd, where he’ll be in conversation with Tony Hill and Johana Gustawsson, comparing notes on pan-European crime.
The next day he’ll be in Waterstone’s at St Andrew’s, and on the 24th at the Edinburgh Bookshop, with his latest book, The Venetian Masquerade, before heading for Crickhowell on the 28th.
On September 26th, Alison Layland will be at Waterstone’s in Aberystwyth, with her new ecological mystery, Riverflow.
Then we hit the big weekend, splendid for both east and west.
In the east, on September 28th, Crime Cymru is taking over the Crickhowell Literary Festival for the day, with a great series of events, starting at 10am with “How to get your crime noticed” with Matt Johnson, Gail Williams, Eamonn Griffin and Nigel Williams.
This is followed at noon by “Crime International,” with Philip Gwynne Jones, Chris Lloyd and Cal Smyth, chaired by Pippa Davies.
At 2pm there’s “Who makes the best detective?” with Mark Ellis, Rosie Claverton, Bev Jones and Graham Miller defending their different protagonists, overseen by Jacky Collins (Dr Noir).
At 4pm, in “The Differing Faces of Historical Crime,” Alis Hawkins will be in conversation with Anna Mazzola.
And for your bonus ball at 7pm, Matt Johnson will be chairing “Keeping Faith: women on film and in TV” with writer Matthew Hall and actors Hannah Daniel and Catherine Ayers, from the hit TV series.
Tickets are from £6 per event.
Meanwhile, over in the west, in Pembrokeshire, the Narberth Book Fair will be under way at the Queen’s Hall, across the weekend, with over fifty authors, including Crime Cymru stars Judith Barrow, Alison Layland, Thorne Moore, Jan Newton, Cheryl Rees Price, Phil Rowlands, Sally Spedding, Graham Watkins and G B Williams. Entry is free.
The fair is also offering writing workshops, including two by Crime Cymru members. Phil Rowlands, script-writer and director as well as novelist, is holding a workshop on Saturday 28th on “Script-Writing: It’s Not All Words – from story to screenplay.” and on Sunday 29th, Gail Williams (G B Williams) will be covering “Creating Characters”
Full details of all September’s events, including contacts and booking arrangements, can be found on our website: Events Calendar