Wales’ first international crime literature festival


Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Reg No. 1196078.

In Partnership with Literature Wales

Welcome to Aberystwyth,

the home of Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival.

Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival is Wales’ first international crime literature festival, celebrating crime writing in its many forms – from fiction and non-fiction through to television and film.

Our intention is to provide visitors to the festival with an opportunity to meet and interact with top talent from around the world. Come and see the big names, discover new writers – and support Welsh talent.

The 2024 festival will be online, and held from 17th-19th April and 22nd-24th April.


Why Aberystwyth?

As you step off the train or park your car, you will understand immediately. Aber, as it’s known locally, is an unspoiled and attractive seaside town well-versed in the art of entertaining visitors.

The town looks out over the Irish Sea and sits smack-bang in the middle of the rugged Ceredigion coastline. The mile long promenade boasts the oldest pier in Wales and provides access to the longest cliff railway in Britain. Aberystwyth is also a foodie heaven with an abundance of options for all tastes and budgets.

It’s a perfect choice for a festival. It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself.

More about Crime Cymru

The Festival

Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival began with a virtual event in April 2021 where 3300 people registered to view the live on-line sessions. These were recorded to YouTube and, by mid-May, had been viewed over 4500 times. Many can still be viewed via the 2021 Festival tab. 2022 was originally to be our first real life festival, however COVID has required a re-think, so we are again organising a vibrant and inclusive on-line festival, deferring the live event to 2023. Thereafter, the festivals – real and virtual – will run biennially with the 2024 Festival being held online.

Booking is simple, and the guests are exciting.

Come join us.

Diolch yn fawr!

Support for the Festival

Congratulations to Crime Cymru on the launch of Wales’ first international crime literature festival

Michael Sheen

Literature Wales is delighted to be partnering Crime Cymru on this festival. Welsh crime fiction already has a global audience and huge appeal, and centring Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival in Aberystwyth offers the perfect opportunity for this popularity to continue to grow.

Dr Bronwen Price

Literature Wales

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