Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

19-22 July 2018 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate | home of crime

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The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel this summer from the 19-22 July! Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

With Lee Child at the helm as Programming Chair for 2018, we’re looking forward to a really exciting programme. Special Guests announced so far include New York King of Crime Don Winslow, Literary Legends Linwood Barclay in conversation with Laura Lippman, the murderously good crime-writing couple, Nicci French and Giant of the Genre John Grisham! With more to be announced over the coming weeks, this year’s programme is looking to be one of the best yet.

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Weekend and Day Rovers will be on sale at the end of February. 

Special Guests, Panels and all other events will be on sale at the end of April.

“The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival is the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” – Lee Child, author

2017’s event sold-out with 16,500 individual tickets over four days. Cited as one of the UK’s top literary festivals in the Guardian and Elle magazine, the 2017 Festival reached over 5 million Twitter users, with 15 million impressions during the week of July. The event, known as the friendliest and most inclusive on the circuit, is famed for its no barriers approach, as fans, fledgling writers and established superstar authors mingle in the hotel bar, bookshop and PapaKata tents in the hotel grounds.