Crimes and Ballads: Peter Robinson and Martin Carthy in York

With Martin Carthy3On March 19, Peter Robinson and Martin Carthy took to the stage in York to perform Crimes and Ballads, a combination of a story by Peter Robinson and songs by Martin Carthy. Based on the English folk song Little Musgrave, Peter Robinson’s story sets out the tale of unrequited love. “At appropriate intervals Robinson takes a back seat and the space that presents itself allows Carthy to sing songs that complement the text. Tales of loss and longing and of heartbreak and stolen dreams.”

As reported by David Markham in York Mix:

To witness them individually would have been enough. To pair them together was inspired. I couldn’t help but think that in a world where we as a population are increasingly expected to embrace pace and change, tonight’s performance demanded that we stop and think and revel in the talents of two gifted men and the warmth of the community of people in the building. Sometimes the old ways are the best.

It was a moving performance, in an intimate setting in a converted church. There will be other performances in the future, and we’ll post information about them on the site.

Before the Poison wins Dilys Award!

Before the Poison has won the 2013 Dilys Award for Best Novel, awarded by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The award was announced by Tom Schantz at the Left Coast Crime Convention, in Colorado Springs, on 23 March.

This is a very great honour indeed. I have never won a Dilys Award before, so it’s also a big thrill. I’m especially glad at having won for Before the Poison, which was something of a departure for me. My thanks to the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association for the award and for all your support over the years.

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News and Forthcoming Events

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(The above ad was recently seen in the train station in York, England.)

Books to Die For, edited by John Connelly and Declan Burke has been nominated for an Edgar Award in the Critical/Biographical category. I have an essay on Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone in this collection, which is full of fine articles on a variety of crime novels, some well known, others undeservedly neglected. Congratulations to the editors!

I have also just heard that Before the Poison has been nominated for a Dilys Award for best novel by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, USA. The votes have to be in by 4th February and the result will be out shortly thereafter.

I have a few events of interest coming up in the near future, starting with a music/ short story event with Martin Carthy called Crimes and Ballads at the York Literature Festival in association with the Black Swan Folk Club, in York, UK, on 19th March at 7.30pm. Hurry, it will sell out! Details here. You can see an excerpt from our previous collaboration at the Beverley Folk Festival last June.

From 2nd to 5th May, I will be International Guest of Honour at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD. This is a great honour indeed, and I’m really looking forward to it. Laura Lippman will be Toastmaster. Details at www.malicedomestic.org

I recently wrote a few words for UNCUT magazine in the UK on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for the 40th year commemoration issue. Forty years! Can’t believe it. Should be out soon.

In the summer, I hope to be teaching a course in Crime Writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. This runs from 15th to 19th July. I’ve done it several times before, and we all usually enjoy ourselves. Perhaps we all learn something, too!

From 16th to 18th August, I’ll be at the St Hilda’s Crime Conference in Oxford, UK, where I’ll be delivering a paper on crime fiction today.

Shortly after that, on 17th or 18th September, I’ll be giving a paper at crime conference at the University of Leeds.

I’ll be doing something, I know not what, at the Richmond Books and Boots Festival, in Richmond, North Yorkshire between 20th and 22nd September. I might be interviewing a famous crime writer, leading a walk or simply reading and talking.

On 26th September, I am set to give a talk at the New York Public Libraries Convention in Niagara Falls, NY.

There are more events waiting to be finalised, and I’ll post more details as they become available.

Finally, while Watching the Dark has been racing up the UK paperback bestseller list, it has just been published in hardcover in the USA, where it briefly reached the New York Times extended list and has been garnering some terrific reviews, some of which you can check out at the following sites: the Wall Street Journal, the Richmond Times Dispatch, BookPage and the New York Post.

DCI Banks Comes to PBS

We’re proud to announce that the DCI Banks TV series, first broadcast on ITV in the UK, is coming to PBS all across the United States. The series, starring Stephen Tompkinson as Alan Banks, will debut in January; check your local PBS station’s schedule for times. You can download this PDF file to see a list of the major PBS affiliates and the dates and times when the series will begin.

Here’s a brief promo video for the DCI Banks series.

Before the Poison Wins Sweden’s Golden Crowbar Award

Before the Poison was awarded Sweden’s Golden Crowbar Award (Martin Beck Award) this weekend for best translated crime novel. It is Peter’s second win; the first was for In a Dry Season in 2002.

The Martin Beck Award is given by the Svenska Deckarakademin (Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy).

New DCI Banks TV Series Starting Soon



ITV will be showing the second series of DCI Banks in the UK starting on Wednesday, 10th October, 2012, rather than in January 2013 as originally thought. The series begins with Strange Affair, then continues with adaptations of Dry Bones that Dream (Final Account) and Innocent Graves. Caroline Catz replaces Andrea Lowe for most of the series, as Andrea was on maternity leave, but the rest of the cast remains the same. Watch out for some excellent guest stars.