Last night (30th June) was one of the highlights of the mystery writer’s calendar. The Crime Writers’ Association celebrated the Diamond Dagger Awards in Central London. The event, as you can probably imagine, involved a meal, some fine wines and plenty of stimulating conversation. I went along with my friend, Cindy Kent and we had a load of fun. Cindy used to be a pop-singer who later became a broadcaster and is now a vicar. She keeps her broadcasting hand in on Premier Radio quite often, though, and she still sings a mean song.
Writing, as you’re probably aware, is mainly a solitary occupation, so it can seem very odd to find yourself in a room surrounded by other writers. But it’s a great experience to compare notes with others in the same line as yourself; we might all be doing a similar thing but everybody has a different story to tell – oops! No pun intended.
The event takes place every year and a variety of awards are given out: The CWA International, Short Story, Non-Fiction, Endeavour Historical and the CWA Debut Dagger. The highlight is the presentation of the prestigious Diamond Dagger Award, which has been won this year by Catherine Aird, whom you can read more about here: http://www.catherineaird.com/