Crimefest 2018 - a tale of intensity and stamina

In the CrimeFest bookroom. Oh, look, INCEPTIO!

Crimefest 2018 is over. I enjoyed it immensely, but goodness, you need stamina as it’s full-on. I don’t mean concentrating during the excellent panels (full details here), nor the snatched lunch breaks nor the feast of books in the bookroom run by Waterstones Bristol Galleries.

No, it’s the sheer pleasure of meeting up with old friends and making new ones, talking plot points over breakfast, having  drinks together, exchanging tips, ideas and sharing news, meeting fans, colleagues, the big names, agents, publishers, the fun of quizzes, the fascination of stories and the continuous buzz of readers and writers enthusing for four solid days about crime and thriller fiction.

Learning about forensics at the UWE centre, Bristol

If you’ve been to a conference or litfest, you’ll know about the energy and bounce of the ideas whirling around your mind afterwards. You come away inspired, enthused and ready to get stuck into your next book.

I need a holiday now. But in the meantime, enjoy the photos.


Historical crime panel: Antonia Hodgson, Ruth Downie, Andrew Taylor, David Penny, Sharan Newman


W is for women panel: Sharan Newman, Jane Casey, Niki Mackay, Christine Poulson, Zoë Sharp

Spying for a living: Michael Ridpath, Adrian Magson, Charles Cumming, MJ (Miranda) Carter, John Lawton


The indie panel! (Don’t we all look well behaved?)
Moderator Zoë Sharp, moi, Debbie Young, karen Millie-James, Ian Andrew


ALLis! With David Penny and Debbie Young (seated) and Carol Westron standing, right, from the Alliance of Independent Authors



Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. NEXUS, an Aurelia Mitela novella, will be out on 12 September 2019.

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2 comments to Crimefest 2018 – a tale of intensity and stamina

  • Great pics, Alison – and such fun to be a part of it! I hope you’re going to have a well-earned rest now. I certainly intend to. Well, for one day, at least!

  • Alison Morton

    I loved it all and it was great to meet up again. After the last session – a fun quiz – I stayed indoors and pootled around, wrote some emails and packed my case. I shall have the day off on Tuesday!

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