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.
Karen Meek of Euro Crime
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.
Dorte - I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time, and thanks for sharing your stories. You got a wonderful haul of books, too! I'll look forward to reading what you think of them.
´... and then I put the poison in his haemorrhoid cream´ Ouch.
So glad you had such a good time and to come away with such a wonderful collection of book as well.
Free books! Got to love conferences. :) Looks like you had an amazing time!
You know putting poison in haemorrhoid cream is a clever idea. I must have a little devil in my head - love new methods of killing people. Of course I've never followed through in real life you understand. :D
I would love to go one day. What a great set of books you got.
Margot: I just wish I was as organized as Donna; then I´d have much more to tell you.
Tracy: the female writer said that when she was on her way into a train. She and her friends got seats immediately!
Elizabeth: it was wonderful and really inspiring.
Barbara: yes, and I also loved the second quote :D
Clarissa: I recommend it strongly.
"You got to kill people somehow" is my favorite line! It sounds like it was a great conference.
Cathryn: my favourite too! It really made me feel at home there :D
Dorte, it was so good to meet you at CrimeFest, I am just sorry I could not talk for longer! I had some work at the last minute and it meant I could only get there for the Saturday in the end, plus I had some appointments booked for that day too. I wish could have been there for longer! So pleased to see you had a good time. You certainly had a smile your face when I saw you, which said it all!
Rhian: I am also sorry we couldn´t spend more time together, but it was so great to see some of my blog friends live :D
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