The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced that the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing, will this year be awarded to Ann Cleeves. The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.
Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, said: “Ann Cleeves is internationally renowned as the author of the series on which the very popular TV programmes VERA and Shetland are based. But long before her television success, she worked hard writing hugely enjoyable crime novels and short stories. As well as publishing thirty books, she has been a passionate and effective advocate for libraries, while her generosity towards fellow crime writers as well as readers means that this news is sure to be widely welcomed.”
Ann (pictured, right, photographed by Micha Theiner) says: “It’s a huge honour to be recognized by my peers, the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn’t still be writing today.”
Ann will be presented with the CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on 26 October.