I know I’ve not been writing here much this year, thats because I’ve been much preoccupied organising an in-person festival. Yes, a whole festival, and no, not entirely on my own.
Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival 2023 will be Wales first in person crime focused literary festival. Live events run from 21-23 April / Ebrill 2023, in Aberystwyth. We have a beautiful venue in the Ceredigion Museum, an old theatre which is now a museum. And just around the corner, we Aberystwyth Library and Archive in the old Town Hall are also hosting events for us. We are also working with the National Library of Wales for an event in their archive. Waterstones have partnered with us and will have a pop-up book shop in the Museum, plus we have two author events in Siop Inc the local bookstore.
The main auditorium in the Museum will be the venue for many panels and also our evening events, our Gala Quiz Night and our Evening with Clare Mackintosh and Philip Gwynne Jones, and The Gallery will be the location of our Waterstones pop up shop. The library will also host panels, plus workshops and a talk from the Ceredigion Archives.
Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival has taken place twice before, but only online. This year while the main focus is on the in-person events, we are also producing some online exclusive events. This year on the 20th April, we are very lucky to have the incomparable David Baldacci joining us for a live interview with our own Philip Gwynne Jones. For “Law And Audio: From Page To Audiobook” we also have a guest team discussing the process of moving crime novels from physical to audible. This team includes Paul Gitsham, crime writer, Malk Williams, voice actor, and avid audiobook listener and reviewer Alex Hawley. By the way, this event will be prerecorded, so if you have questions you want answered about audiobook production send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14th April 2023. Last of the online exclusives will be “Disability and Crime Fiction – Why Representation Is Important” a conversation with Penny Batchelor and Nell Pattison.
The festival has:
- Author Panels for book discussions, in English and Welsh
- Writers’ workshops, in English and Welsh
- Panels about self publishing
- Panels about agents
- Panels about publishing, in English and Welsh
- Online and in-person exclusive events
- Recordings of some in-person events will be shared after the festival
For more information see the website, but importantly, don’t forget to book your tickets online as there is no physical box office for the festival.
Hope to see some of you there.
The Festival committee is Alis Hawkins (Chair), GB Williams (Secretary and Organiser), Louise Mumford, Philip Gwynne Jones, Mark Ellis, Chris Lloyd, Beverly Jones, Wini Davies