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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.


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Here are the upcoming events where I'll be doing talks, panel events, live interviews and book signings, or simply mingling with other book lovers. Do come and say hello if you see me. I always enjoy meeting readers!  

9-12 May 2019
Crimefest, Bristol
Not appearing, but rubbing shoulders with fellow crime writers and readers at one of the crime fiction events of the year!

12 June 2019
Chilterns Probus Club for Ladies

13 July 2019
BeaconLit, Ivinghoe, Bucks
I'm very much looking forward to this one, where I'll be interviewing author, translator and co-founder of Icelandic Noir Quentin Bates, as well as appearing on a crime fiction panel along with Alison Bruce, Leigh Russell and A B Morgan.

18-21 July 2019
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
Another event where I'll be kicking back, hanging out with crimey mates and soaking up the atmosphere.

10 October 2019
Flamstead and Trowley WI

15 October 2019
Ayots & Welwyn WI

16 October 2019
Aylesbury Unison Group

13 November 2019
Bovingdon Evening WI

11 February 2020
London Colney WI

13 February 2020
Leverstock Green WI


July 2018

As usual, I visited Harrogate in July 2018 for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. I've been going and enjoying this huge event for years, but there was added excitement for me this time around, because I was taking part in the Noir at the Bar fringe event on Thursday 19 July, doing a short reading in company with a great line up. 

May 2018
Appearing at Bardaid in Long Marston

December 2017
My short story, Tick Tock was runner up in this year's Chiltern Writers Competition

October 2017
My debut at Thame Arts and Literature Festival, 'refereeing' a fun men vs women 'Deadlier than the Male?' debate.

July 2017
Appearing at BeaconLit 2017, moderating the 'New Voices' panel (below) and doing a live interview with million-selling Adam Croft.

April 2017

eBook Launch of The Blood That Binds

The Kindle eBook version of the latest Archer and Baines novel was celebrated at an online party on Facebook. 

January 2017

Long Marston and Puttenham WI

The first of many visits to Buckinghamshire Women's Institutes this year. I received a warm welcome - to say nothing of some stupendous cake! 

Angela Clark's Watch Me Launch, London 

A lovely evening helping my friend and fellow crime writer launch her brilliant new novel.

December 2016

First Prize in Chiltern Writers Ghost Story Competition

I was thrilled that my first ever ghost story, The Sobbing Child, won first prize in this competition. The judge said, 'There were definite echoes of M R James in this genuinely ‘haunting’ tale.'

Author Event at Wendover Library

A live interview with freelance writer Sandra Smith followed by book signings

June and July 2016

First Monday Crime, London

I'm becoming a regular visitor to this monthly crime fiction event.


BeaconLit Festival, Ivinghoe, Bucks

I appeared on a crime panel moderated by Adina Campbell at my local festival.

Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

Catching up with, and hearing from, the very best in crime fiction.

April and May 2016
First Monday Crime, London

I've enjoyed dropping in on this new monthly crime fiction event. You can see my post about the inaugural evening on the blog

The panel at First Moday Crime in May

16 April 2016
Book Signing Event, Aylesbury Library, Bucks
Idid a short interview with writer and journalist Sandra Smith and signing copies of Evil Unseen.

20 April 2016
Book Signing Event, Ivinghoe Library, Bucks
A second short interview with writer and journalist Sandra Smith and signing copies of Evil Unseen.

26 April 2016
Oxford Crime Writers Asssociation, Oxford
I joined Transworld publicist Alison Barrow to talk to Oxford crime writers about book promotion from the traditional and indie publishing perspectives.

2 February 2016
The Promise by Alison Bruce Launch Party

A rare visit to Cambridge to support my friend Alison on the launch of her latest DC Gary Goodhew book. The 'murderous cupcakes' were inspired!


28 January 2016
Evil Unseen Launch

Thursday 28 January saw the publication of the third Archer and Baines novel, Evil Unseen, in paperback and ebook. To celebrate the book's launch, I hosted an online party on Facebook and going on a week-long blog tour. You can read all the posts by following the links below:







14 January 2016
Ivinghoe and Pitstone Women's Institute, Ivinghoe Town Hall, Bucks

I enjoyed talking to the ladies of  my local WI on 'Chiltern Thrills: Making Crime Pay'.


8 October 2015

The Crime Writers' Association: Oxford Launch 

I visited the launch of the Crime Writers' Association's newest chapter, meeting up with local crime writing comrades and hearing from brilliant guest speaker Sharon Bolton.



14-17 MAY 2015
Crimefest, Bristol

Mingling with the cream of crime fiction.

6 JUNE 2015, 7.30pm
Murder Most Foul, Wreningham Village Hall, Norfolk
Part of Mulbarton Words Week
Appearing on a top-notch crime fiction panel with Alison Bruce, Penny Hancock and Kate Rhodes.

27 JUNE 2015, 10am to 4.30pm
BeaconLit, Ivinghoe, Bucks

Appearing and moderating two panels at this star-studded festival of books and writing.

16-19 July 2015
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

More mingling with the best in crime fiction.


MAY 2015
The Archer and Baines novels, The Scars Beneath the Soul and Dead in Deep Water, are now available from Amazon in paperback for the first time. Signed copies can also be obtained direct from me - check the Archer & Baines page under 'Books'.

APRIL 2015
Fabulous new cover images produced for the first two Archer and Baines novels by my amazing designer, Jessica Carmen Bell (
http://www.jessicabellauthor.com/). Check them out at 'Books/Archer and Baines'.


This month I've been guesting on Claire Dunn's blog, writing the first of her new 'Before we were Writers' series at


This month saw the new Archer and Baines, Dead in Deep Water, soar to number 2 in the Kindle Serial Killers chart and receive some nice reviews. The first Archer and Baines, The Scars Beneath the Soul, also enjoyed a resurgance in sales, reaching number 4 in the same chart.

August also found me being interviewed on Jane Isaac's blog at 


JULY 2014

July 2014 saw the launch of my new Archer and Baines novel, Dead in Deep Water.  You can find out more by clicking 'Books and Short Stories' and then 'Contemporary Crime'.

This month I also completed my 'festival season' by renewing my acquaintance with the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate after a couple of years' absence.  As well as rubbing shoulders with the cream of crime, I spent timewith some old friends and made many new ones.  Highlights included J K Rowling's first appearance as crime writer Robert Galbraith. 

JUNE 2014
Last year I was privileged to chair the inaugural half-day BeaconLit festival in Buckinghamshire, and the Festival Committee has built on its success with a full day event this year. I was delighted to take part again, giving a talk on self-publishing ebooks and moderating two panels as part of an exciting and well-received programme
.  See my Blog page for the full story.  http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/

MAY 2014
I started my writing festival circuit at CrimeFest in Bristol.  I've since written a blog post about the weekend that you can check out on my Blog page.

The Scars Beneath the Soul received an honourable mention in John Yeoman's blog at 



APRIL 2014

I was at Waterstones in Market Harborough on Friday 4 April to help my good friend, Jane Isaac(
http://janeisaac.co.uk/),to celebrate the publication of her new novel, The Truth Will Out.  It was a great evening and a chance to catch up with some other friends.  The cake (below) was good, too!

MARCH 2014

Thursday 20 March saw the launch party for Shattered, the final volume of the Slated trilogy, by my friend Teri Terry.  Teri's series has deservedly won heaps of awards and, although dubbed as 'Young Adult' fiction, is ideal for anyone who loves a great read.

On Thursday March 13 I was back at Wendover introducing guest speaker Pauline Rowson (below - 
http://www.rowmark.co.uk/), author of the DI Andy Horton series, who gave an inspiring talk to Chiltern Writers on the way she goes about planning and writing a novel.


I was proud to see my tribute to local hero the late Emlyn Jones, a key member of Sir Edmund Hillary's triumphant 1953 Everest expedition team, and an extraordinary man, appear in the local media.  You can read it on the Leighton Buzzard Observer website at 

Thursday 13 February found me leading a workshop on creating realistic and believable characters for Chiltern Writers' in Wendover Library.


I again guested on the excellent Morgen Bailey's blog about the evolution of the writing industry - 'Time to Kiss and Make Up?' at


This month I was interviewed by Rebecca Bradley in her 'What's Your First Draft Like? series at 


August and September 2013 have seen me not only launching my own blog page on this website, but also busy guesting on other blogs.

You can find read how Archer and Baines and The Scars Beneath the Soul were conceived in my Author Spotlight on Morgen Bailey's excellent blog at 
http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/author-spotlight-no-323-dave-sivers/ and gain some insight into 'My Writing Life' on Susie Kearley's blog at http://susiekearley.blogspot.co.uk/


Hitting the Bestsellers Charts
In July I was thrilled to see more Five Star reviews for my debut contemporary crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul , plus apearances in the Amazon Crime & Thriller/Police Procedural top 100 bestseller charts for books and Kindle eBooks.

August has been even better, with The Scars Beneath the Soul hitting the Police Procedurals top 60 and the collection Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories reaching number 11 in Kindle Crime & Thriller Anthologies.

JUNE 2013

BeaconLit at Ivinghoe.



Moderating BeaconLit 'Pain and Passion' Panel
with (L-R) Sue Moorcroft, Carole Matthews and Kate Lace

A mini literary festival right here in my part of the Chilterns - and I had the honour of chairing the event and moderating the two panels: crime fiction, with S J Bolton, Alison Bruce and Elena Forbes; and romantic fiction with Kate Lace, Carole Matthews and Sue Moorcroft - all in all, a stellar cast!  More BeaconLit events are in the planning.  Check out the website at http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/.

I was also delighted to be invited onto Linda Parkinson-Hardman's blog to be her 'Thursday Throng' interviewee.  She also reviews The Scars Beneath the Soul there.  You can read her tough questions and my responses at
 http://womanontheedgeofreality.com/2013/05/30/win-a-free-copy-of-the-scars-beneath-the-soul-by-dave-sivers/.  There's even a competition to win a free copy of the book.

MAY 2013

Crimefest at Bristol
Once again I attended this feast of crimewriting talent, hearing what's what on the scene, catching up with old friends and making some new ones.  The website is at  http://www.crimefest.com/.
Debut Crime Novel
1 May was p
ublication day for my debut contemporary crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul.  It's a book close to my heart and set in my own part of the world.  I held well-attended launch events on Facebook and here on the website, and the book has enjoyed a great start with strong sales and some great reviews.  You can read more about the book and find a link to the trailer by going to 'Books and Short Stories' and then 'Contemporary Crime'.


Songwriting Debut
December 2012 saw me directing the 'world premiere' of 'Mary! A Nativity Musical' in the barn at Pitstone Green Museum.  The show is a real labour of love - I also wrote the script and lyrics, and co-wrote the music with the brilliant Judith Sheridan who was Musical Director for the production.  Audience reaction to the two performances was all we could have hoped for, and I was immensely proud of everyone involved - my talented Beacon Theatre Company cast (below), the choir and the band.  Judith and I have further plans for Mary! so watch this space.


Early October found me in Beaconsfield, meeting up with the talented Tessa Harris, the judge in my recent short story competition success, and receiving copies of her Dr Thomas Silkstone mysteries, The Anatomist's Apprentice and The Dead Shall Not Rest.  The latter hasn't yet officially come out, so I'm looking forward to my sneak preview.

October also saw my crime fantasy character, Lowmar Dashiel, being interviewed by 'Nighthawk' at
http://nighthawktalk.blogspot.ca/.  See what the personal inquisitor has to say about life, love and what the future might hold in store for him.

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