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.

“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

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Rover Tickets are on available to purchase now, individual event tickets will go on sale on Monday 23 April at 10am.

On Sale Now:

Creative Thursday

Thur 19 July | 9am

Weekend Packages

19 - 22 July 2018

Weekend Rover 2018

19 - 22 July 18

Reduced Weekend Rover 2018

19 - 22 July 18

Crime Novel of the Year

Thu 19 Jul | 8pm

The Incident Room

19 - 21 July

Reduced Friday Rover 2018

20 July 18

Friday Rover 2018

20 July 18

Special Guest: Denise Mina

Fri 20 Jul | 9am

I Used to Do This For A Living

Fri 20 Jul | 10.30am

That’s Where My Heart Is

Fri 20 Jul | 12pm

Wherever I Hang My Hat is Home

Fri 20 Jul | 2pm

Write What You Know

Fri 20 Jul | 3.30pm

L Barclay & L Lippman

Fri 20 Jul | 5pm

Dead Good Reader Awards

Fri 20 Jul | 6.30pm

Special Guest: John Grisham

Fri 20 Jul | 8pm

Richard’s Room 101 Of Crime

Fri 20 Jul | 10pm

Saturday Rover 2018

21 July 18

Reduced Saturday Rover 2018

21 July 18

Special Guests: Nicci French

Sat 21 Jul | 9am

It Happened Twenty Years Ago…

Sat 21 Jul | 10.30am

New Blood

Sat 21 Jul | 12pm

Readers’ Book Group

Sat 21 Jul | 1pm

What Happened Next?

Sat 21 Jul | 2pm

The Truth Behind The Crime

Sat 21 Jul | 3.30pm

Val McDermid & Sue Black

Sat 21 Jul | 5pm

Author Dinner

Sat 21 July | 6.15pm

Special Guest: Don Winslow

Sat 21 Jul | 8.30pm

Late Night Quiz

Sat 21 Jul | 10pm

Frozen Lands

Sun 22 Jul | 10am

Sophie Hannah

Sun 22 Jul | 11.30am