New Dagger judges announced; new chairs for three awards panels

News - Prizes Monday, 10 June 2019

Broadcaster Angela Rippon among judges for Crime Writers' Association prizes

The Crime Writers' Association has announced "a major reorganisation" of the judging panels for its Dagger awards in 2020.

New judges for the awards will include Lyn Brown MP, investigative journalist Duncan Campbell, blogger and reviewer Anne Cater, author Woody Haut, author Rhys Hughes, Edward James (emeritus professor of medieval literature at University College, Dublin), Mike Linane (publisher, Williams & Whiting), author Paul Magrs, author Ngaire Mason-Wenn Wallace, broadcaster Angela Rippon, and Liz Robinson (LoveReading).

Janet Laurence will switch from chairing the International Dagger to oversee the Sapere Historical Dagger. Maxim Jakubowski, CWA honorary vice chair, will take over at the International Dagger, leaving his previous role chairing the John Creasey (First Blood) Dagger to ex-Severn House publisher and owner Edwin Buckhalter.

Jakubowski said: "The CWA must, like any organisation, move with the times and reflect the diversity of tastes and choices of the reading public. As a result, we have refreshed the composition of many of our juries and brought on new, exciting blood, so that the Daggers retain both their relevance and their independence."

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