It’s that time of year again. Festivals are happening all over Britain but, being a remote hermit type, there aren’t many that I can get to. Some were even happening near me this year, but I didn’t realise until it was too late to rearrange the work I had on. And there was a crime festival in Cromarty in April, literally two hours away from me – I really need to stop being a hermit and organise some festival time!
If you want to make sure you don’t miss out www.literaryfestivals.co.uk is a great site full of information (just ignore the dated old-school style). I must pop by more often; it has a calendar and A-Z listing too!
This last weekend I managed to attend two days of the online Britcrime festival, and am so glad I did. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a gathering of more than 50 mainly British crime, mystery and thriller writers who had their first online festival in July 2015.
The festival includes interviews, discussions, blogs, a book trail, giveaways and a treasure hunt, all happening over three days, Friday – Sunday. And there is no excuse for not attending as it’s online, you can pop in and out and if you really can’t make it you can pop along to the website and catch up there.
I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours (ok, it was way more than a couple) watching some live broadcasts with a number of authors and occasionally asking them daft questions. It was interesting to me both as an editor, a reader and a potential writer (I like to think that at some point my Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation will get used in researching a small story). As the audience for each discussion was quite intimate (less than 50 viewers) I thought I’d write a little about what I learned from attending my first online literary festival:
So here they are… 15 things I learned from Britcrime:
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