Crime novels and cultural outreach: shining a spotlight on the success of the Quais du Polar Festival in Lyon

The international Quais du Polar festival is now a popular event in the crowded field of literary festivals, giving crime novels a new-found respectability and demonstrating their considerable appeal to a wide range of audiences. Crime novels have an important role to play in cultural outreach and democratisation, as shown by the numerous partnerships undertaken by a festival that is now a key event in the international literary calendar.