Awen Libraries and Heritage are proud and excited to present our first Crime Month – a festival focusing on fictional and true crimes, with a Welsh twist.

Part-funded by Literature Wales, and in collaboration with the Crime Cymru collective, our libraries will be filled with talks, exhibitions and displays.

The displays in the libraries in Bridgend, Maesteg and Pyle while highlight some local criminals and crime stories, including the legendary Cap Coch, the daring Bowrington Robbery and the infamous Howard Marks.

A Short Crime Stories Competition will be running throughout the month, judged by Crime Cymru authors.

The competition is promoted in the Crime Heritage Pamphlet, free and available from all Awen libraries. The Pamphlet also features a range of historical Welsh crimes and criminals, from murderers to (literal) apple thieves.

The first event was held Wednesday 2nd November at Pencoed Library, where Jacqueline Harrett, author of The Nesting Place, talked about her book and writing process.

“Crime Cymru was set up to promote Welsh crime writing and Welsh libraries have been enormously supportive in this respect. It’s always a pleasure to take part in library events which give us the opportunity to meet and chat to readers and we’re delighted to have been invited to partner with Awen in their November mini crime fiction festival.” (Co-chair of Crime Cymru, Matt Johnson.)


Matt Johnson  

Tuesday 8th November 7-8pm

Bridgend Library


Louise Mumford  

Wednesday 9th November 2-3pm

Porthcawl Library


Thorne Moore and Judith Barrow  

Wednesday 16th November 2-3pm

Maesteg Library


Myfanwy Alexander (Welsh Language)  

Friday 18th November 2-3pm

Aberkenfig Library


Gwyneth Steddy  

Wednesday 23rd November 11-12pm

Sarn Library


Mark Ellis  

Friday 25th November 2-3pm

Betws Library


G.B. Williams  

Wednesday 30th November 2-3pm

Pyle Library


Phil Rowlands   

Tuesday 1st December 7-8pm

Bridgend Library