I’m delighted to be going back to the annual CRIMEFEST INTERNATIONAL CRIME FICTION CONVENTION— in Bristol, running from May 9th to 12th. This will be the eleventh year of the festival, described by The Guardian as one of the “best crime writing festivals around the world” and by The Independent as one of “the best 50 festivals in the UK” Praise indeed.

This year, CrimeFest has a new home at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Bristol. I’m looking forward to it, as I do every year. John Harvey is one of the Featured Guest Authors, plus actor Ashley Jensen and the team behind the Agatha Raisin TV series. The Toastmaster at the Gala Dinner will be Robert Thorogood, creator of the TV series Death In Paradise.

The official programme has just been announced. I’m lucky enough to be on three panels this year. First of all, on Friday, May 10th, 13:40-14:30, I’m the Participating Moderator of ‘Contemporary Issues: Reflecting How We Live’, with Candy DenmanPaul GitshamCara HunterAmanda RobsonZoë Sharp (M).

Then on Saturday, May 11th, 11:20-12:10, I’m a panelist on ‘Ten Year Stretch: The CrimeFest Short Story Anthology’ with fellow contributors, Peter GuttridgeCaro RamsayZoë SharpMichael Stanley (Stan Trollip), Kate Ellis (M).

And finally, on Sunday, May 12th, 09:30-10:20, I’m once again moderating ‘The Indie Alternative’ panel. This time the line-up is Beate BoekerAdam CroftBarry FaulknerLynn FlorkiewiczZoë Sharp (M).

I hope you’ll join us there. I will, no doubt, be found in the bar on most evenings, so if you come along, please do say, “Hi!”