Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival 2021 Digital Festival


The Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU digital festival ran from 26th April to 3rd May 2021. The full report on the event can now be downloaded, scrowl to the bottom of this screen for the link.

Sixteen events, all on line and lasting about an hour featured a wide variety of authors and TV personalities from the Crime Fiction and True Crime literary world.

We enjoyed panels featuring Lee and Andrew Child (discussing their new writing partnership for the Jack Reacher novels), CWA Diamond Dagger winner Martin Edwards, Peter James, Clare Mackintosh and Mari Hannah. Andrea Byrne, from ITV News, interviewing retired detective Steve Wilkins and fellow journalist Jonathan Hill to give us the inside track on the Pembrokeshire Murders. We were also joined by two internationally-acclaimed authors from our guest nation, Iceland. In all, 52 authors, 2 journalists, three publishers, 1 actor and 2 established interviewers appeared during the week.

Tickets were offered free and 3,300 people registered to watch Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival Online ’21 events via Eventbrite, with feedback percentages suggesting that registrant numbers represented approximately 2,800 households.

Ticket bookings were international with 22% from Wales, 47% from the rest of the UK, 8% from Europe including Ireland, 16% from North America and 6% from the rest of the world. 60% of registrants watched events live with another 2000+ people watching recorded versions of the events on Youtube during the festival. Festival videos remain available on the Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival Youtube channel and, to date, they have been watched more than 4,700 times by people from all over the world.

Author feedback on the event was enormously positive and all invitees have accepted an invitation to appear at our next festival –  Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival ’22, in Aberystwyth next  year.

Feedback from our audience has also been very positive across all aspects of the festival, ranging from technical production to authors featured, with 61% of respondents stating their intention to come to Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival ’22 in Aberystwyth. Assuming an industry standard 20% response rate, this would bring an additional 500+ households in to Aberystwyth for Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival ’22 from those who accessed Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU Festival Online alone.

We look forward to seeing you in April 2022 at our first physical festival. Click on the top bar, ‘Progamme’ to see the 2022 drop-down menu with details and links to all events as they are confirmed.

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Report on Gwyl CRIME CYMRU Festival Online 2021

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