July 21-23: Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate
July 29: Armagh. Crime Fiction Special
8.30 PM. John Hewitt International Summer Scheme. Crime Fiction Special
The Market Place, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
With Val McDermid and Stuart Neville
August 5-6: Bute Noir
Various events including The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers In Concert
August 7: Fringe By The Sea, North Berwick
5.00 PM. Lodge Stage. The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers In Concert
August 8-11: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
9.15 PM. The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers In Concert
New Town Theatre, Grand Hall, 96, George St, Edinburgh, EH2 3DH
August 21: Edinburgh International Book Festival
8.15 PM. Mark Billingham: The Murder Book
North Side Theatre, Edinburgh
September 2-4: Spike Island Literary Festival
Spike Island, Cork, Ireland.
4.00-7.00 PM, Saturday, 3rd. In conversation with John Connolly
September 17: Bloody Scotland
4.30-5.30 PM. In conversation with Mick Herron
Albert Halls, Stirling.
September 20: Appledore Book Festival
Appledore, Devon. Details TBC
September 30-October 2: Capital Crime, London
Friday, 30th. 5.30 PM. In conversation with Jeffrey Deaver and Michael Robotham.
October 16: Cheltenham Literary Festival
8.00 PM. Deatils TBC
November 17-20: Iceland Noir
Friday 18, 8.00 PM. With Richard Osman
So, while the pandemic is far from over (whatever Boris Johnson thinks), restrictions are easing and the likes of me are now free to travel hither and indeed yon, shamelessly pimping our bookish wares and showing off at the drop of a hat. Any old hat. See left for details of exactly where and when said ‘showing off’ will be taking place in the coming months…
Thanks to all those who bought, borrowed or stole a copy of RABBIT HOLE when it came out last year or did the same when it appeared in paperback in 2022. I could not be more thrilled that it reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list and that the same newspaper picked it as their crime novel of the year. I am gearing up (buying a new hat) for a number of events where I’ll be talking about my latest novel, THE MURDER BOOK, which sees the return of Tom Thorne. It’s published on June 9 in the UK and on July 5 in the US. I will be gobbing off about this one a great deal, so apologies in advance.
The fact that things are looking up pandemic-wise also means the return of live music. This, in turn means that The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – the rawking beat combo featuring myself, Val McDermid, Luca Veste, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Chris Brookmyre – are once again murdering songs for fun at whichever book festival or music venue will have us. We have plenty of gigs coming up in the next few months, so I hope if there’s a show near you, you can come on down and jump around as you witness a full-on musical mid-life crisis unfolding before your very eyes. Should you fancy a glimpse of us taking on an Elvis Costello classic, there is footage of us performing on a TV show on the SHOWING OFF page of this very website.
The next book (though not quite ‘done’) is delivered and there will be more details about what’s coming in 2023 in a newsletter which I PROMISE to send out very shortly. If you’re on my mailing list, I hope you’ll forgive the dearth of such things in the last couple of years due to the fact that – lockdowns and bad hair aside – there wasn’t much in the way of news.
I hope to see some of you at a book event or a FLCW gig soon, but in the meantime social media remains the easiest way to make contact if you want to say hello or just shout at me about something.
As ever, you can email me through this website at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay well and happy reading…