I took advantage of an early-bird offer to buy my 2012 ticket at the 2011 event, so that weekend had been a long time coming. And I wasn’t the only one getting excited. On Thursday 24th May, Twitter was buzzing with people converging by various modes of transport on southwest
. (One morning in the lift down to breakfast I met a lady whose flight from England had taken less time than my train journey!) Canada
I remembered to pack my camera but failed miserably to take more than a handful of pictures. None of which recorded any of these highlights:
- Sharing a taxi to the hotel with Steve Mosby, who seemed surprised I recognised him by his tattoos. He’s far less frightening than his books. You can read Steve’s take on CrimeFest on his blog, although, strangely, he doesn’t mention his encounter with a seagull.
- Staying up way past my bedtime every night. I proved this to my husband by texting him at one in the morning, although he claims my message made little sense. Can’t think why.
- Being charmed and inspired by featured guest author, Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Milhone ‘Alphabet’ series. This was Sue’s first visit to the
- Picking up my prize in person from organiser Sarah Hilary for being runner-up in the FlashBang writing competition, The CWA Anthology M.O. (edited by Martin Edwards).
- Seeing Penny Grubb’s The Doll Makers and buying a copy on the strength of the amazing cover alone.
- Realising at the Thursday night quiz just how poor my knowledge of crime and thriller novels is compared with that of Rhian Davies (who blogs at It’s a crime (Or a mystery …), Martin Edwards and, well, everyone else in our team. But having a great time anyway.
- Talking to Jeffery Deaver about black pudding and Peter James showing me photos on his mobile of his racing car.
- Glorious weather that made eating a delicious Italian meal outside on Saturday evening feel like I was holidaying at a Mediterranean resort.
|A different charming Scotsman|
- Getting Tanya Byrne’s Heart-Shaped Bruise in my goody-bag when I was planning to buy it.
- Hearing Liverpudlian writer Cath Bore so lovingly describe her home city that she made me ache to visit it.
- Attending Professor Sue Black's passionate presentation of the Million for a Morgue appeal. Her backing group - Jeffery Deaver, Peter James and Lee Child - wasn't bad either.
- Being able to tell everyone who’d listen that up here in
Scotland we’re having a crime writing festival too: Bloody Scotland, 14-16 September in Stirling.
- Winning a rather fetching
blue glass vase in the gala dinner raffle. Bristol