Crime Readers Month – June 2023
The Crime Writers Association has designated June as Crime Readers Month and across the country crime writers are giving up their time to appear in libraries, bookshops and many other venues to celebrate crime writing. Without the writers of these murderous books there would not be the books for readers to enjoy – and it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge that as readers our appetite for crime, murder and general mayhem is insatiable! We just love a good murder!
Here in Northern Ireland we have a wealth of excellent crime writers, some more well-known than others, but all equally valued. The collaboration and interaction between the local crime contingency is great to see and Libraries NI is pleased to host 5 events during the month of June to celebrate this most popular genre.
We begin the month in Bangor Carnegie Library with The Godfather of NI crime himself, Colin Bateman, being interviewed by Simon Maltman (Mon 5 June 6:30pm - 7:30pm) and then on Thurs 15 June from 7:00pm - 8:30pm Bangor welcomes live music by the Fuzz Tones, comprising of crime authors Gerard Brennan and Simon Maltman, with music as well as chat between them both.
Photo: Colin Bateman
Moving on to Lisburn Road Library on Wed 7 June from 6:45pm - 7:45pm crime writers James Murphy and Sharon Dempsey will have a ‘noirish natter’ about crime fiction in NI.
James will then be visiting Carrickfergus Library on Thursday 8 June at 6.45pm with James once again as he chats to local writers Linda Hagan and Philip Jordan about the new wave of crime fiction set in and around Northern Ireland. Antrim Library will then host James on Tues 13 June 6:45pm - 7:45pm to discuss ‘All Things Crime’.
We are privileged in NI to have so many great crime and thriller writers, and many are internationally acclaimed - Steve Cavanagh, Brian McGilloway, Claire Allan, Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty and Claire McGowan to mention a few!
#PickUpAPageTurner this month from your local library