It was brilliant to see Capital Crime return to London this past weekend, this time at a new location in Battersea Park. I traveled on the Thursday and was lucky enough to spend the whole weekend there, listening to a variety of panels and very interesting speakers. If you haven’t been to this event before, you need to check it out next year. It’ll be returning on the same dates, 28th to the 30th September at the same location. Going to festivals and other book events, always inspires me further when it comes to my own writing, and it always makes me more determined to achieve my goal of hopefully one day getting published. All the photos published below are my own and I own the copyright to them.
The event officially began at 1pm on Thursday, 29th October. Battersea Park is a short walk from the nearest tube station, Battersea Park Station and I found the venue very easy to find. I attended the first afternoon takeover panel, You’re Killing Me: Ask the Industry Expert with David Headley (literary agent) Camilla Bolton (literary agent) Victoria Haslem (publisher) and Emad Akhtar (publisher) the event was moderated by Craig Sisterson. It was a fascinating insight into the publishing industry and what goes on behind the scenes after you submit a manuscript, gain representation and a publishing deal. What I found particularly interesting from this conversation, was what you have to do to make your work stand out in the submissions pile.
The next panel I went to was From London with Love with Anthony Horowitz, Kim Sherwood and Charlie Higson. I didn’t manage to take any photographs of this event but it was really engaging listening to the authors talk about their connections to Ian Fleming and James Bond, especially as I loved Anthony Horowitz’s and Charlie Higson’s books growing up. Kim Sherwood has also taken up the mantel of writing a new James Bond novel, Double or Nothing, which I am definitely interested in reading.
Afterwards it was good to catch up with friends at the bar for a few drinks.
On the Friday, I headed back to Battersea for the first panel of the day which, for me, was Hubble, Bubble Ghosts and Trouble featuring, Johana Gustawsson, Zoe Sommerville & W C Ryan, with the event being moderated by Anita Frank. The panel talked about the influence of the supernatural in their writing and the supernatural which, even though I’m more of a skeptic, if whether or not ghosts exist, I find really fascinating.
Next up was the Brits in the USA panel with authors, Will Dean, Mark Edwards, Erin Young and Chris Whitaker, who have all set their books in North America. I thought this panel was really engaging as well as being hilarious with Chris Whitaker and Mark Edwards telling some rib aching stories and Erin Young telling us about her time in America, when she went to research her book. I don’t think I’ll ever forget Mark Edwards’ tale about a squirrel.
Next up was the Brighton Rocks Panel featuring authors, Elly Griffiths, Araminta Hall, Jack Jordan & Kate Helm with the panel being moderated by William Shaw. The authors talked about their hometown of Brighton and about how it seems to be full of crime writers and especially what draws so many writers to the area.
The final panel of the day, for me, was Drama, Tension & Murder Throughout History featuring Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Abir Mukherjee, Anna Mazzola & Jessica Fellowes, the panel was moderated by Suzie Edge. The panel had a historical theme to it and there were some brilliant and hilarious stories told.
For the final day (the train strikes weren’t going to stop me from attending) I started first with Harriet Tyce interviewing Baroness Lady Hale, former President of the UK supreme court. This was a fascinating insight into the criminal justice system in the UK and the role of women in the judicial system.
Next up was the Contemporary Crime Fiction panel with authors, T.M. Logan, Heidi Perks & Claire Douglas, the panel was moderated by Ayo Onatade. I’m a huge fan of their novels, so it was fascinating to hear about their writing process.
After a quick break to get something to eat, I attended the Titans of the Terrifying Panel where authors David Fennell, Lars Kepler & Nadine Matheson were interviewed by Rod Reynolds about the killers in their novels. Particularly interesting to learn from this panel, was how Lars Kepler (a husband and wife writing team) write their books, particularly when they said that they act out the fight scenes in their books before they write them.
I next went to The Bestseller List panel where Barry Forshaw was interviewing international bestsellers, Clare Mackintosh, Lucy Foley and Jeffrey Archer about their rise to the top. Jeffrey Archer shocked the audience, as well as the other guests on the panel, when he told us he was paid $3.2 million for his first novel, Kane & Abel when he sold the rights to America.
The final event I went to of the day was to hear Ragnar Jonasson and the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir being interviewed by Joe Haddow. They both talked about their friendship and love of crime fiction, and especially, that they have a book being published in the UK next year which they have written together.
After spending some time at the bar with friends, for a couple of drinks, it was then time to, sadly, head home. I will definitely be returning next year.