Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UK National Crime Writing Week to be a true celebration

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) is continuing with preparations for its successful week of events celebrating crime writing.

National Crime Writing Week, formerly National Crime Fiction Week, will run between June 13 and 19, 2011. The name change is designed to increase the emphasis on non-fiction as well as fiction.

During the week, members of the CWA will take part in readings, discussions, readers’ group events and workshops in bookshops, libraries, arts centres and other venues all over the country.

CWA Chair Tom Harper said: “Our aim is always to raise the profile of crime writing and it worked during the inaugural event last year. The signs are that it will do so again with lots of writers already planning events.

“Crime Writing Week is an opportunity for writers to arrange events under the umbrella of a week dedicated to celebrating crime books in all their forms. It is an excellent showcase for writers.”

If writers have a Crime Writing Week event in mind, they will be able to log the details on a national map of events here.

Stars of the FutureA key part of the build up to National Crime Writing Week is the Young Crime Writers' Competition, again organised by the CWA in partnership with library authorities nationwide. Entries closed on 18 February and the first stage of judging is now in progress. Early indications are that the competition has generated even more interest than it did last year, suggesting that crime writing is alive and well among the younger generation. CWA members will select the regional winners, with the national winner being announced during National Crime Writing Week.

The winner of the 2010 competition was Nicole Hendry, age 15, of Sutton Coldfield, with The Demolition of Lives (pictured). The judges praised her story as ‘daring and effective - a convincing emotional journey with a sympathetic protagonist, good motivation and a clever plot.’

Read The Demolition of Lives on this web site.

National Crime Writing Week will be coordinated by CWA press officer John Dean at For press enquiries or more information on the CWA, please visit the website,, or contact

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