Ann Cleeves to receive CWA Diamond Dagger.
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) announces that
Ann Cleeves is to receive the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honor in
British crime writing. The Dagger award recognizes authors whose crime
writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have
made a significant contribution to the genre.
Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, said: "Ann Cleeves is
internationally renowned as the author of the series on which the very
popular TV programmes Vera and Shetland are based. But
long before her television success, she worked hard writing hugely
enjoyable crime novels and short stories. As well as publishing thirty
books, she has been a passionate and effective advocate for libraries,
while her generosity towards fellow crime writers as well as readers
means that this news is sure to be widely welcomed."
Ann Cleeves said: "It’s a huge honour to be recognized by my peers,
the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for
more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career
and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever
indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I
wouldn’t still be writing today."
Ann has written 30 novels and is
translated into as many languages. Before her writing career took off,
Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary
coastguard. In 2015, Ann chaired the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime
Writing Festival, during which Vera was voted the UK’s favorite
fictional detective. Also in 2015, Thin Air was nominated for
the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and Ann was shortlisted for the CWA
Dagger in the Library award. In 2006, Cleeves’ novel, Raven Black,
was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger)
for Best Crime Novel, and in 2012, she was inducted into the CWA Crime
Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. As well as fiction, Ann has written a non-fiction title about
Shetland and, in November 2015, she hosted the inaugural Shetland Noir
festival on the Shetland Islands.
In 2016 Ann was named Queen of Village Noir, which she loved, while The Guardian
named her as ‘the best living evoker of landscape’. Ann holds a
remarkable record: she is the only living author to have two major drama
series on TV.
Ann Cleeves will be presented with the CWA Diamond Dagger at the
CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on 26 October. The CWA Diamond Dagger is selected from nominations provided by CWA
members. Nominees have to meet two essential criteria: first, their
careers must be marked by sustained excellence, and second, they must
have made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the
English language. It’s clear that Ann Cleeves meets these criteria in