Wales’ first international crime literature festival


Gwyl 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. Crime writing takes many forms – from crime 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.

Save the dates: 29 April to 2 May 2022


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. The physical festival will follow, in April 2022. Thereafter, the festivals – real and virtual – will run biennially.

Booking is simple, the guests are exciting and access to Aberystwyth is both easy and scenic.

Come join us.

Diolch yn fawr!

Support for the Festival

“Gwyl Crime Cymru places Aberystwyth firmly on the literary map, and promises to be an important date in Wales’ cultural calendar”

Cllr. Charlie Kingsbury

Mayor, Aberystwyth Town Council

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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