I’ve been having a busy month in terms of literature events. No, not Hay-on-Wye – entirely different – and more exciting – places.

I was at CrimeFest in Bristol, on a panel with Jane Corry, Chris Curran, and Dolores Gordon-Smith, chaired by my fellow Crime Cymru author Cathy Ace. It was titled “Darkness and Light: Are you Cosy or Noir?” and we enjoyed exploring both the darker and lighter sides of our work.

Last weekend, I attended my first Bare Lit Festival, celebrating writers of colour. I chatted with author Saeida Roass and our chair Jazzmine Breary about crime fiction, authenticity, audience, and colonialism. We had an intimate, engaged audience and it was a really valuable experience for me.

This week, the fun doesn’t stop! I am discussing and signing my relaunched books Binary Witness and Code Runner at Octavo’s Book Café and Bar in Cardiff tomorrow. It’s free to attend and is the perfect lead in to…

The first Crime & Coffee Festival is hitting Cardiff on 1st and 2nd June! Organised by Cardiff Libraries and supported by Crime Cymru, this exciting celebration of Welsh crime writing is not to be missed. Tickets for events start at £3 for can be purchased here.

I am appearing on a panel with Matt Johnson on Saturday midday. The topic is “Beyond Psychopaths: Mental Health in Crime Fiction” and you can still buy tickets!

If you want to follow the festival online, check out the Crime Cymru twitter account and the hashtag #cdfcrimefest.

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