Welcome to my News and Events Page
With Paper Dollies WI, Hemel Hempstead
At (L-R) Noir at the Bar, Harrogate; Mulbarton Words Week; and BeaconLit
AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS
I am available for events, talks, panels and workshops. Do get in touch if you would like me to take part in an event at a festival, bookshop, library, writing group, book group, WI, U3A, etc. Just go to my contact page and drop me an e-mail.
You can find me at most meetings of Chiltern Writers in Wendover Library at 8 pm on the second Thursday of the month. Visit their website at http://www.chilternwriters.org/
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27 & 28 November - 'Yvingho Tales' at St Mary's Church, Ivinghoe, Bucks.
I've written the script and lyrics for this special drama and music event to celebrate the church's 800th birthday. Music arranged by Judith Sheridan. It's a re-imagining of the events surrounding the building of the church, and it's a story of greed, betrayal, revenge, death, destruction and hope.
Get tickets here.
11 February - Mid Thames Historical Society, Stoke Poges.
08 March - Great Horwood & Singleborough WI
10 May - Edlesborough WI
12-14 May - CrimeFest, Bristol.
ot currently taking part, but certainly there, catching up with crime-minded friends. Come and say hello if you come.
16 July - BeaconLit.
We're pulling together a stellar programme for the festival I co-founded in 2013, and I'll be doing an event or two. Website here.
21-24 July - Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Fiction Festival, Harrogate.
Still the UK's biggest crime festival, so I'll be there with a bevy of crime authors and readers.
11 October - Steeple Claydon WI
10 November - Flamstead WI.
Dave interviews former Home Secretary turned crime writer Alan Johnson at Thame Arts and Literature Festival
Alan Johnson talked to Dave about his life, his writing, and his debut crime novel, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill.
Dave - and BeaconLit - return to live book events!
Having been cancelled due to Covid in 2020, BeaconLit - the book festival Dave co-founded in the Chilterns in 2013 - returned to action on 10 Jul with a pop up 'mini festival'. Featured authors were Sunday Times bestselling crime author Cara Hunter and Booker Prize longlister Sophie Ward. Dave interviewed Cara in an event with a limited live audience plus live streaming. The sessions will ber available on the festival's YouTube channel in the near future.
Dave to Interview Alan Johnson at TAL Festival
On 15 October 2021, Dave will be appearing at the Thame Arts and Literature Festival in conversation with award-winning writer and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Dave will interview Alan about his writing and his debut crime novel, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill. Tickets go on sale in July. Full details here.
Books for Vaccines Auction
How would you like a signed copy of In Ink, DI Nathan Quarrel Book 1, plus a character named after you in Book 2? Dave is offering this, in company with a host of other bookish treats, in the Books for Vaccines auction, which is raising money for Care International. Care International is help ing to vaccinate the world against the COVID-19 pandemic - more details about the charity here. The auction is live from 7 May to 21 May 21 and you can bid for Dave's lot here.
Dave's WI talks are back!
10 February 2021 saw a welcome return for Dave to the Women's Institute speaking circuit, delivering his 'Chiltern Thrills: Making Crime Pay' talk to 24 ladies of Brickett Wood WI over Zoom. No book signings, and no tea and cake(!), but it was great to get back to interacting with audiences again.
Dave Launches YouTube Channel
In addition to Facebook and Twitter, Dave has recently enhanced his online presence with a new look YouTube channel. As well as all the trailers for his books, there is a short introductory video. Watch this space for readings, interviews and other online events. You can visit the channel here.
Dave Joins Bay Tales Hall of Fame
I am thrilled to have taken my place in the Bay Tales Hall of Fame. Bay Tales comes from the team behind Virtual Noir at the Bar, which I appeared at last year, and which was nominated for ‘Event of the Year’ 2020. Featuring the best and biggest names in fiction as well as the brightest up-and-coming stars, it's offering a programme of interviews, panel discussions and debates, workshops and more at affordable prices. And, if you join Friends of the Bay for just £35 per year, you can access:
- Fiction – short stories, samples, previews and full length novels from the most exciting names in fiction - including my own exclusive short story, One Last Job.
- Non-fiction – interviews, articles, book & movie reviews, author insights and more.
- Special Offers – deals and discounts from selected partners.
- And an online community for readers and writers.
You can find out more about Bay Tales here
International Crime Writers Join Forces to Support NHS with New Crime Anthology
I'm delighted to be part of a wonderful new anthology supporting our NHS.
Running for over four years from Newcastle’s The Town Wall public house, 'Noir at the Bar' has been an opportunity for authors of the genre to showcase their creative prowess with fellow writers and crime fiction enthusiasts. When the coronavirus lockdown started, Noir’s founder, writer and creative writing tutor Vic Watson, looked to move the event online. She dug into her contact book to invite authors to a free weekly virtual get together. Simon Bewick, a marketing consultant and writer, agreed to provide marketing and technical support, and just one week later the first Virtual Noir at the Bar launched. In less than two months, the weekly live event has been seen by hundreds of attendees live and thousands watching the recordings the following day. Over 70 authors have already appeared at Virtual Noir at the Bar, with over 100 more scheduled up to August, including my slot on 3 June.
But the duo wanted to create something lasting from these virtual events, and so Noir from the Bar was conceived - a collection of 20+ short crime stories. Created, and published in just six weeks, with publication date scheduled for June 10th 2020, the anthology sees me and my story,'First Kill', incompany with best-selling authors including Neil Broadfoot, Roz Watkins, Sharon (SJ) Bolton and Zoe Sharp, plus some of the best up-and-coming writers in the genre today, stretching from Newcastle to New Zealand. All contributors: authors, editors and designers have given their time and work for free and have agreed that all proceeds should go towards supporting our fantastic NHS.
The result is Noir From the Bar, which goes on sale on Amazon from Wednesday 10 June in paperback and ebook. You can pre-order the ebook now here.
In Ink – First Reviews and eTour
With In Ink launching on Friday 15 May, a number of kind bloggers have been helping me spread the word and I’ve been popping up all over cyberspace with interviews, extracts and more.
The first couple of reviews are in, and here’s a sample of what readers are saying about DI Nathan Quarrel’s first outing:
"A very entertaining read... I love it when I feel connected with the fictional characters." - Syllables of Swathi
"The perfect police detective/ crime thriller... I just wanted to continue reading to find out what happened next." - hannahlovesbooks
If you missed any of the stops on my eTOUR you can catch up below:
Five on Friday at Jill’s Book Café
Spotlight and Extract at Nicki’s Life of Crime
My Life of Crime at The Crime Warp
Author Interview at Syllables of Swathi
In His Own Words with Jane Risdon
Extract at Jane Isaac
Detective in the Dock at The Crime Warp
Interview at Devoted to Thrills
'At Home' with Paterson Loarn
Jill's Book Cafe
Anne Coates' Cocktail Lounge
Author Interview at the Crime Warp
CORONAVIRUS: POSTPONEMENTS AND VIRTUAL EVENTS
In common with many authors, my events diary has been significantly altered as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, with several events cancelled and others in doubt. The list above continues to be subject to change. However, I am already taking part in two virtual 'Noir at the Bar' events that you can enjoy from the comfort of your lockdown! Follow the relevant links to follow the Edinburgh events on Facebook and sign up for mailings about the other series. It's a perfect chance to hear crime writers reading from their work. Who knows? You could discover some new favourites!
WING LIBRARY EVENT POSTPONED
I regret to announce that 'An evening with Dave Sivers' on Tuesday 17 March in Wing Library, Buckinghamshire, has been POSTPONED due to concerns over Coronavirus. It's disappointing but understandable and I will keep you informed of any other changes to my events schedule.
EXCITING EVENTS LINED UP
In addition to my programme of talks to WIs and other organisations, I will be at two exciting events over the next couple of months. On 17 March there will be 'An evening with Dave Sivers', a free event at Wing Library in Buckinghamshire; and on 30 April I'm part of a great lineup doing noirish readings at Noir at the Bar, Newcastle on the eve of the Newcastle Noir festival. Do come along if you possibly can.
ARCHER & BAINES BOOK 5 PUBLISHED
The fifth Archer and Baines Novel, Too Long Gone, was published on 1 August 2019.
APPEARING AT BEACONLIT 2019
A busy day as, due to unavoidable absence of one of the participants, I chaired one panel, appeared on another, and interviewed Icelandic Noir legent Quentin Bates.
ARCHER AND BAINES #5 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
After a slightly longer wait than usual, the new Archer and Baines - Too Long Gone - is available for pre-order as a Kindle ebook. The book hits the virtual bookshelves on 1 August 2019 and pre-orders will be delivered direct to your Kindle! There should be news soon of paperback publication. To pre-order Too Long Gone, just click the link here.