What’s On: Capital Crime Festival, The Connaught Rooms, Holborn

The first ever Capital Crime Festival, which celebrates all things crime and thriller, real and fictional, is set to take place at the end of September.

Capital Crime is a celebration of books, films and TV and the line-up is an unrivalled mix of world class talent, rising stars and newcomers and offers fans unprecedented access to their favourite crime and thriller creatives.

The Connaught Rooms in Holborn will play host to a line-up of more than 100 people with guests including Anthony Horowitz, Catherine Steadman and Abir Mukherjee.

Panels of note include The Interrogation of Mark Billingham where the bestselling author is put through his paces by Graham Bartlett, an experienced police interrogator.

Crime writer, Ian Rankin, discusses The Human Cost of Crime with Don Winslow, author of The Force.

There will be a quiz panel, Whose Crime is it Anyway?, which will pit debut crime and thriller authors against each other with Paul Clayton hosting Writers Tom Bradby, Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner and Stella Rimington offer their unique insights into current events that concern us all.

Beneath the Surface with Elly Griffiths, Teresa Driscoll, Fiona Barton and others discuss the fact that truth is not what it seems and in The Wrong Side of the Law, Tony Kent, Harriet Tyce, Imran Mahmood and Steve Cavanagh discuss the shift from law to crime writing.

Martina Cole, festival headliner and author of No Mercy said: “We have all been waiting for a London-based festival like Capital Crime.

“It’s fantastic to see such a diverse line up of crime and thriller writers taking part.

“David Headley and Adam Hamdy have put together an amazing programme of events for the first crime festival in London and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

Adam Hamdy, co-creator of the festival, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching Capital Crime and are excited about our amazing guest line-up.

“We look forward to welcoming crime and thriller fans from all over the world to London for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining festival experience.”

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