Ann Cleeves recently received the CWA’s Diamond Dagger, honouring contributions to the genre and a career of sustained excellence. She is the only living crime writer to have two different adaptations on television at the same time. In 2016, she published Cold Earth, the penultimate Shetland novel featuring Jimmy Perez. More recently, The Seagull, pit DI Vera Stanhope against an old enemy, former DS John Brace, investigating a cold case that’s bristling with fresh danger. With Ann is Dr James Grieve, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Aberdeen, and a frequent consultant to crime writers, who appears as himself Ann’s Shetland novels.
Martin Edwards and Ann Cleeves are attending, and Martin has been nominated for an “Agatha” for the best non-fiction book, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. Ann Cleeves will be interviewing Guest of Honor Honoree Elaine Viets, while Brenda Blethyn will be presented with a Poirot award.
The Festival has not yet released details of dates, times, and venues of the individual author events, including Ann’s. Early Bird weekend passes (£45) are on sale till 31 January, after which the price rises to £50. Individual events will, we understand, be priced at £10 each.