You know (or hope) you are participating in a crime fiction conference when you hear someone saying:
´… and then I put the poison in his haemorrhoid cream´
´you got to kill people somehow´
´I do like blowing things up´
In two words; my first CrimeFest was absolutely overwhelming! I did take a few photos, but most of the time my husband had the camera. And Saturday, the only day when I had it, the battery went flat rather unexpectedly.
As I mentioned the other day, one of the very best experiences was to meet some of my blog friends and get to know them even better. The panels were also very interesting, and it was such a pleasure that the crime writers I have read – and read about – for so long, were so kind and forthcoming. They really seemed to like meeting their readers :)
So apart from Martin Edwards, our walking crime fiction encyclopaedia, whom I mentioned the other day, I had plenty of opportunity to chat with Len Tyler, Christine Poulson, Quentin Bates and Kate Ellis to mention a few.
I wish I could participate every year, but unfortunately May and June are the busiest months of our school year so I won´t win any popularity contests by running off, leaving three days of external examinations to my colleagues again.
Here you see my CrimeFest spoil – I bought the ones by Len Tyler and S.J. Bolton myself, the others are books I won or was given for free.