CWA creates festival liaison role

News - Festivals Thursday, 31 January 2019

New post aims to improve links between writers and festivals as popularity of crime writing boosts reader demand to meet authors

The Crime Writers’ Association has created the role of festival liaison officer. The job, which will be shared by Isabelle Grey and William Shaw, is intended to strengthen connections between crime writers and literary and arts festivals.

Martin Edwards, the Chair of the CWA, said: "The number and quality of festivals is growing rapidly, throughout the UK and overseas. The huge popularity of crime writing means we want to increase opportunities for readers to meet our members. In addition to dedicated crime writing festivals, there are already many literary and arts festivals where crime writers take part. Isabelle and William are not only leading crime writers but also regular participants in crime festivals, while William has experience of organising festivals in the south of England.

"The CWA wants to help festival organisers to connect with our members, linking in with regional CWA chapters, as well as the national organisation. Festivals are a hugely enjoyable part of the literary scene, whether you’re considering festivals such as Noirwich, Capital Crime, Killer Women in London, Isabelle and William will lead our drive to make sure that festival-goers everywhere have a chance to hear and meet crime writers, and discover new favourites."

Grey (pictured) said: "This is a great opportunity for the CWA to show itself as a vital resource for crime, literary and arts festivals, with the aim of enabling a wider range of crime writers to contribute, especially to festivals local to them or their books."

The new post follows the CWA’s appointment of three libraries champions and a booksellers’ champion, with the aim of connecting crime writers with libraries, bookshops, and the reading public.

Grey and Shaw can be reached on

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