Capital Crime festival returns to Battersea Park this September

London’s only crime and thriller festival returns on September 29 to October 1 after its hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.

Richard Osman, Rev. Richard Coles, Kate Mosse, Robert Harris, Dorothy Koomson, Bella Mackie and Paula Hawkins are among the authors confirmed for Capital Crime.

Taking place in Battersea Park, Capital Crime will be hosting 164 panellists, bringing together readers, authors, industry figures and the community for the first major literary festival on the site.

With a Goldsboro Books pop-up bookshop in the Pump House Gallery, the first ever Fingerprint Awards ceremony, alongside an array of London’s tastiest street food vendors and bar area, it promises to be a weekend of fun, innovation and celebration of crime fiction.

On the opening night, Anthony Horowitz, Kim Sherwood and Charlie Higson will be discussing all things Bond, and the role the capital city has played in the fictional spy’s life, and the 007 car from Sherwood’s incredible new novel, Double Or Nothing will be on display at the heart of the festival, in association with Alpine and Ian Fleming Publications.

Thursday’s programming will comprise of a series of events dedicated to Capital Crime’s social outreach programme, in which two sixth-form students and their teachers from schools in and around the capital will be invited to meet with authors and publishing professionals to demystify the
industry and attract new and diverse young voices into publishing.

Robert Harris will be in conversation with comedian and podcaster Andrew Hunter Murray, discussing dystopian fiction, and there will also be a very special opportunity for aspiring authors to pitch their novel idea to agents.

The first evening will close with the very first Fingerprint Award Ceremony.

The winners, selected by readers across five categories Crime Novel of the Year; Thriller Novel of the Year; Historical Crime Novel of the Year; Debut Novel of the Year and Genre-Busting Novel of the Year, will be announced alongside a very special Lifetime Achievement Award and Industry Award of the Year.

 

Pictured: Previous Capital Crime event Picture: Seb Higgins

 

 


 

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