CWA Awards

It’s all very exciting. ITV3 are showing the Crime Writer’s Association Awards again this year, and in the run-up to the event there’s loads of special programmes. It kicked off Wednesday with the A-Z of crime which included the details of books up for prizes. I’m going to see if I can get some of them from the library. But I must confess – I’m deeply disappointed by the bias towards male authors. It’s 2011 not 1911  for goodness sake!

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011 4 men are nominated:

Michael Gruber The Good Son (Corvus)
Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist (Orion)
Craig Smith Cold Rain (Myrmidon)
SJ Watson Before I Go To Sleep (Doubleday)

But then it’s the Fleming award so we can hardly expect equality can we? I’ll still try to pick them up at the library.

The CWA Gold Dagger 2011  3 men and 1 woman are nominated:

Tom Franklin Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Macmillan)
Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist (Orion)
A.D. Miller Snowdrops(Atlantic Books)
Denise Mina The End of the Wasp Season (Orion)

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011 again it’s 4 men who are nominated:

Conor Fitzgerald The Dogs of Rome (Bloomsbury)
Sam Hawken The Dead Women of Juarez (Serpent’s Tail)
Danny Miller Kiss Me Quick (Robinson)
SJ Watson Before I Go To Sleep (Doubleday)

Lindsey Davis won the final CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing, she is a bestselling historical author Lindsey Davis and the creator of the well-loved ancient Roman private eye Marcus Didius Falco, plus she is widely recognised as the godmother of the historical crime genre. I wonder why they are retiring the Diamond Dagger? No men sticking around long enough to win it?

So Christie is the Queen of Crime we have a Godmother of historical crime and yet women are totally under represented in the CWA nominations. Shame.

Well I’m going to enjoy watching all the crime shows that are running, I’ve just finished watching ‘Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia’. That was an excellent show, another that I’ve never seen before. ‘The Red Dahlia’ represented series 2 (all done and dusted in a measly 3 hours) I hope they make more of them, there are 6 novels in total so I’m thinking they could at least film those. The good news is that ITV1 have commissioned a 4th season, the bad news is the series 4 looks like it will be as short as its predecessors.

Red Dahlia

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One Response to CWA Awards

  1. Satshop says:

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic.

    Best regards Alex

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