Criminal Intent

Criminal Intent

On Saturday 14 November 2009, Academi proceeded with Criminal Intent, a Crime Writing Conference for the Valleys in Abergavenny as part of the South Wales Valleys Literature Development Initiative.

80 people attended the Academi celebration of Wales’s crime authors writing in the genres of Crime Fiction and True Crime, with a variety of stimulating talks and workshops including: research and story plotting, work with prisoners, writing medieval mysteries and how to create a killer.

The Conference was held at the St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Sir Trefor Morris, former HM Chief Inspector of Police for England and Wales, introduced an exciting day including workshops, discussion panels and presentations from a wealth of talented authors, scriptwriters and creative artists including Katherine John, Bernard Knight, Caspar Walsh, Glen Peters, Simon Hall, Graham Hartill, Simon Lewis, Anita Flowers, Lindsay Ashford andPhil Forder.

The day attracted and celebrated the creative writing talents of people of all ages and abilities. It showcased Welsh publishers Accent Press and Parthian Books and offered the opportunity to discover more about the Crime genre, how to get published and to reach the reading public.

Comments from delegates included:

‘Very interesting and informative.’

‘Excellent topics and workshops’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed venue and lunch. Excellent, many more I hope.’

‘Enjoyed the content, particularly the structure of the novel and historical novel research.’

Criminal Intent

Simon Lewis  Sir Trefor  Caspar Walsh 

Glen Peters Graham Hartill Lindsay Peters

Katherine John Phil Forder Simon Hall

Anita Flowers Bernard Knight.