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CWA appoints new Libraries Champion

The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed a new Libraries Champion for Scotland – John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.

Key elements of the Libraries Champion’s role include linking libraries who want crime writers as speakers with the CWA’s local chapter convenors; encouraging libraries to spread the word about the Crime Readers’ Association; supporting libraries under threat via social media where appropriate, while remaining apolitical; seeking further ways to build closer links for the good of libraries and CWA members and including independent libraries in our efforts wherever appropriate.

Blizzard is one of three CWA Libraries Champions, the others being crime writers Priscilla Masters and Jan Newton. Masters lives in Staffordshire and writes about DI Joanna Piercey and coroner Martha Gunn. Newton, like her character DS Julie Kite, is based in Mid Wales.

The trio take over from Ruth Dudley Edwards, the CWA’s very first Libraries Champion.

“Creating the role of Libraries Champion was an important and practical signal of our commitment to and support for libraries,” explains CWA chair Martin Edwards, CWA. “Ruth Dudley Edwards has done sterling work in building closer relations between libraries and CWA members nationwide, and we’re now moving into an exciting new phase of the programme, as John, Cilla and Jan seek to build on those firm foundations.”

The Crime Writers’ Association was established in 1953 by John Creasey to support crime writers of both fiction and non-fiction and to promote their work.