CWA Brings Writers, Venues and Book Groups Together in National Crime Reading Month in May

Posted 3 Apr 2019 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

Crime Reading Month

May will be a time for murder and mayhem as National Crime Reading Month (NCRM) makes a welcome return – and the organisers are urging writers and venues to become involved.

NCRM, which has run for a number of years, is a unique literary festival that is held throughout the UK in May to celebrate the crime genre, both fiction and non-fiction.

The festival, which is organised by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and the Crime Readers’ Association (CRA), sees authors staging events including talks, recitals and ‘in conversation’ evenings in venues ranging from libraries to pubs, theatres  to town halls.

CWA Chair Martin Edwards said: “National Crime Reading Month is an exciting event, which is designed to bring together writers and readers in order to promote the genre as a whole and individual crime writers specifically.”

Members of the public interested in crime fiction and non-fiction are encouraged to visit the National Crime Reading Month website to see what events are on in their area.

Libraries, booksellers, book groups and festivals wishing to organise an event and seeking crime writers to participate should contact

The CWA undertakes to add all events of which they’re informed and in which their members are participating to the website.

The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in 1953 by prolific author John Creasey and continues to grow. Dynamic and innovative, it enjoys a prestigious reputation – as well as organising the renowned Dagger awards and co-ordinating National Crime Writing Month, the CWA also runs a sister organisation, the Crime Readers’ Association. The Crime Readers’ Association offers a unique perspective on the largest community of crime writers in the world and provides informative newsletters and ezines to over 10,000 members.

The CWA provides practical support to libraries, booksellers and festivals not only in May but also throughout the year with the help of its Library and Booksellers’ Champions and Festival Liaison Officers. For more details, see or email

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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