The first Crime Writers Festival (CWF) in India was attended by the crime and thriller writers from across the world on 17th and 18th January 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. , The festival was marked by talks, panel discussions, workshops on crime writing, informed fecebook friend with his picture at the festival.
Conceptualized by Namita Gokhale, Kishwar Desai and the Crime Writer's Forum of South Asia and produced by Siyahi, CWF examined the art of crime writing to see how it influences society and reflects the blurring lines of right and wrong. The scriptwriters and directors of crime films discussed the issues related to visual medium and performing arts.
Noted crime authors David Stuart Davies, Caryl Ferey, Nils Nordberg, Trude Teige, Hakan Nesser, and along with several Indian crime authors attended the festival. The workshops on detective fiction writing and scriptwriting were held. Caryl Ferey talked about the notions of morality and the definition of crime in different cultures.
The sessions titled Jasoosi Novels: Ajab Kahaniya; 221-B Baker Street; The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund; Tickled to Death; The Other Side Of Midnight: Sexualisation of Violence; In a Strange Land; The World of Ibn-E-Safi; Byomkesh Bakshi and The Bangla Bloodhound; Designs of the Devious; Where is Sweden in Swedish Crime Fiction?; Bodies, Suspects, Alibis, Clues!; Murder in Mahim; When History Meets Mystery; Satyarth Nayak; Ten Minutes Past Murder; Know Your Shit: The Expat Guide to Indian Toilet Humour; were held to provide insights in various genre of crime literature.