Crime Month – Awen Libraries

Crime Month - NEW

Crime Month with Awen Libraries and Heritage 

Awen Libraries and Heritage are proud and excited to present our first Crime Month – a festival focusing on fictional and true crimes, with a Welsh twist.  

Part-funded by Literature Wales, and in collaboration with the Crime Cymru collective, our libraries will be filled with talks, exhibitions and displays. 

 The displays in the libraries in Bridgend, Maesteg and Pyle while highlight some local criminals and crime stories, including the legendary Cap Coch, the daring Bowrington Robbery and the infamous Howard Marks. 

A Short Crime Stories Competition will be running throughout the month, judged by Crime Cymru authors.  

The competition is promoted in the Crime Heritage Pamphlet, free and available from all Awen libraries. The Pamphlet also features a range of historical Welsh crimes and criminals, from murderers to (literal) apple thieves. 

 The first event was held Wednesday 2nd November at Pencoed Library, where Jacqueline Harrett, author of The Nesting Place, talked about her book and writing process. 

“Crime Cymru was set up to promote Welsh crime writing and Welsh libraries have been enormously supportive in this respect. It’s always a pleasure to take part in library events which give us the opportunity to meet and chat to readers and we’re delighted to have been invited to partner with Awen in their November mini crime fiction festival.” (Co-chair of Crime Cymru, Matt Johnson.) 

Visit: (7) Awen Libraries | Facebook for a full list of events.





Tuesday 8th November 7-8pm  





Matt Johnson



Wednesday 9th November 2-3pm  

Louise Mumford  



Wednesday 16th November 2-3pm  

Thorne Moore and Judith Barrow  



Friday 18th November 2-3pm  

Myfanwy Alexander (Welsh Language)  



Wednesday 23rd November 11-12pm  

Gwyneth Steddy  


Friday 25th November 2-3pm  

Mark Ellis  


Wednesday 30th November 2-3pm  

G.B. Williams  



Tuesday 1st December 7-8pm  

Phil Rowlands   




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