Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

20-23 July 2017 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate | home of crime

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

“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

2016’s event sold-out with 14,000 individual tickets over four days. Cited as one of the UK’s top literary festivals in the Guardian and Elle magazine, the 2016 Festival reached 8.2 million Twitter users, with 35.9 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.

2017’s Programming Chair Elly Griffiths has put together a world-class programme of events, including titans of the genre Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Stuart MacBride, Peter May and Arne Dahl as well as an exclusive Vera TV event with Ann Cleeves, actors Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty and BBC’s Steph McGovern.

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Weekend Packages

20 - 23 July 2017

Weekend Rover 2017

Thu 20 - Sun 23 July

Creative Thursday

Thu 20 July | All Day

Crime Novel of the Year Awards

Thu 20 July | 8pm

Friday Rover 2017

Fri 21 July | All Day

Lee Child

Fri 21 July | 9am

Double Indemnity

Fri 21 July | 10.30am

The Dark Side

Fri 21 July | 12pm

Readers’ Book Group

Fri 21 Jul | 1pm

Ashes to Ashes

Fri 21 July | 2pm

Endearing Monsters

Fri 21 July | 3.30pm

TV Panel: Grantchester

Fri 21 July | 5pm

Dead Good Reader Awards

Fri 21 July | 6pm

Kathy Reichs

Fri 21 July | 8.30pm

Where the Bodies are Buried

Fri 21 July | 10pm

Saturday Rover 2017

Sat 22 July | All Day

Arne Dahl with Joseph Finder

Sat 22 July | 9am

Ian Rankin

Sat 22 July | 10.30am

New Blood

Sat 22 July | 12pm

Where do Your Crimes come from?

Sat 22 July | 2pm

Carrying The Torch

Sat 22 July | 3.30pm

Dennis Lehane

Sat 22 July | 5pm

Digging up the Past

Sat 22 July | 6.15pm

Stuart MacBride & Peter May

Sat 22 July | 8.30pm

Late Night Quiz

Sat 22 July |10pm

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