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London to host first Comic-Con style convention for crime and thriller literature

A dedicated crime and thriller festival will be launching in London next year, taking inspiration from the popularity of comic-book genre events like Comic Con.

Called Capital Crime, the convention will run in the West End from September 26th to 28th next year and will feature events focused on “accessible, mainstream fiction loved by readers around the world,” and will “entertain crime and thriller fans and attract newcomers to the genre.”

According to a report from the Bookseller, Capital Crime is the brainchild of Goldsboro Books managing director David Headley and the novelist and screenwriter, Adam Hamdy.

It will be modelled on conventions like Comic Con, those that have pushed comic-book culture into the mainstream over the last few years. Capital Crime will offer fans the chance to engage with their favourite authors, filmmakers and creative talent.

It will also celebrate some of London’s most famous literary detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, George Smiley and Cormoran Strike.

The festival is expected to attract more than 800 crime and thriller fans over three days and promises a “unique social outreach initiative,” with details being unveiled later this year.

“Capital Crime is an inclusive festival and we will be launching an exciting new initiative to encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the world of publishing,” said Hamdy.

Headley, added: “The international film and television industry has a long history of adapting crime and thriller books. Capital Crime is a place where authors can be recognised for their role in creating these wonderful works, and fans can come to meet them and the people responsible for adapting them into other media.

“From Sherlock Holmes to James Bond, George Smiley to Cormoran Strike, London is home to some of the best loved crime and thriller characters. Yet it is one of the few places in the UK that doesn’t have a dedicated crime and thriller festival.

‘Adam and I are excited to be bringing Capital Crime to Britain’s biggest city.”

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