Festival Bristol CrimeFest
With Mario Giordano, Merle Kröger, Volker Kutscher & Melanie Raabe

CrimeFest © CrimeFest

Thu, 18.05.2017 -
Sun, 21.05.2017

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

The international Crime Fiction Convention

First organised in June 2008, CrimeFest is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. It has not only become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but is also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar. CrimeFest draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere.

Please find the CrimeFest programme here. On this panels you will find the German authors Mario Girodano, Merle Kröger, Volker Kutscher and/or Melanie Raabe:
  • Mario Giordano: FRI 19 May, 11.20am–12.10am, Track 2: Deadly Serious? Shades of Dark and Light In Crime Fiction
  • Mario Giordano, Merle Kröger, Volker Kutscher and Melanie Raabe, chaired by Kat Hall: FRI 19 May, 2.50pm–3.40pm, Track 1: Wunderbar! The Hidden Wonders Of The German Krimi
  • Volker Kutscher: FRI 19 May, 5.10pm–6pm, Track 3: The Good Old Days: The Rich Tapestry Of Historical Crime Fiction
  • Melanie Raabe: SAT 20 May, 10.10am–11am, Track 2: Mavericks, Misfits And Miscreants
Mario Giordano Foto: Mario Giordano © CrimeFest Mario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born 1963 in Munich. He lives in Cologne and has written numerous novels and YA books, as well as screenplays for the German TV crime series Tatort. In 2001, he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film The Experiment, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first crime novel, and his first novel to be translated into English.

Merle Kröger Foto: Merle Kröger © CrimeFest Novelist, script writer and film producer Merle Kröger lives in Berlin. She produces films and documentaries for international arthouse cinema, and also writes scripts for independent cinema in India. Since 2003, Kröger has published four novels, which combine documentary research, personal history and political analysis with elements of crime fiction. For Grenzfall (2012) and Havarie (2015), she received the German Crime Fiction Prize. Collision will be published in the US in 2017.
Volker Kutscher Foto: Volker Kutscher © CrimeFest Volker Kutscher was born 1962 in Lindlar, West Germany. Before writing novels he worked as a journalist. His award-winning Gereon Rath series consists of Der nasse Fisch (2007), Der stumme Tod (2009), Goldstein (2010), Die Akte Vaterland (2012), Märzgefallene (2014) and Lunapark (2016), all using 1920s and 1930s Berlin as a historical backdrop. Three more will follow. The Rath novels are translated into ten languages, two in English: Babylon Berlin and The Silent Death (Sandstone Press). They are currently being adapted for television by ARD/Sky, with Tom Tykwer directing.
Melanie Raabe Foto: Melanie Raabe © CrimeFest Melanie Raabe grew up in eastern Germany, and attended the Ruhr University Bochum, specialising in media studies and literature. After graduating, she moved to Cologne to work as a journalist by day and secretly write books by night. Her novel, The Trap, won the Stuttgart Crime Fiction Prize for best crime debut of the year, has been sold to more than 20 countries, and has been optioned for a film by TriStar Pictures. 

Kat Hall Foto: Kat Hall © CrimeFest Kat Hall is the editor of Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (2016), an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University, and runs the Mrs. Peabody Investigates international crime fiction blog.


The Goethe-Institut London is delighted to be supporting the authors Mario Girodano, Merle Kröger, Volker Kutscher and Melanie Raabe at the Bristol CrimeFest 2017.

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