Exclusive Festival Appearance – J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, In Conversation with Val McDermid
We are delighted to announce that J.K. Rowling, new to the crime genre under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will be on the Harrogate stage with bestselling crime writer Val McDermid for a unique In Conversation event this July. This special event will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 18 July at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, and will be J.K Rowling’s first and only appearance this year as Robert Galbraith.* The Silkworm, featuring the return of private investigator Cormoran Strike, will be published in hardback by Little, Brown on 19 June 2014. McDermid said of Galbraith’s first crime novel – ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’.
Rowling/Galbraith, and McDermid join an already stellar list of names, which includes the likes of Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Lynda LaPlante, Laura Lippman, Peter May, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby and S.J.Watson. The Festival dates are 17-20 July 2014, so block out these dates and join us for one long criminally good weekend.
Box Office Information
The Festivals Office is currently taking bookings for 2014 Weekend Break Packages, a combined accommodation/ticket package, meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action. We have some fantastic packages available at some of the best hotels in Harrogate. Each package includes a full Weekend Rover Ticket, giving you access to this exclusive event.** Packages start from only £379 per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room, or only £439 for single person accommodation. Prices are dependent on your choice of hotel. For more information on the options available, please click here.
Individual event tickets for all Special Guest events and Weekend Rover tickets will be available to purchase through the box office from Monday 17th March 2014.*** Make your own handpicked programme, with prices for individual events starting from just £13. Or indulge your criminal tendencies and get great value for money with a Festival Weekend Rover Ticket, which includes delicious lunches at the Old Swan Hotel and a complimentary Festival Goody Bag.
To find out more about on sale dates and how to book tickets please click here.
* J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith will be signing copies of The Silkworm after the event. In order to allow as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to one copy only and no dedications.
** Please note, if you have already booked one of our Weekend Break Packages, access to this event is included as part of your package.
*** Tickets for all Special Guest events will be available to purchase from 10am on Monday 17th March 2014. Given the anticipated demand, Weekend Rover tickets and Individual Event Tickets to the Rowling/Galbraith event will not be made available online, but can be purchased by phone on 01423 562303 or in person from the Harrogate International Festivals Office at 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DB from the above on sale date/time. Tickets for this event will be limited to 4 per person, and will be available for box office collection only (full information on this will be provided at the time of booking).
Make the Perfect Getaway with our Weekend Break Packages
For one long, sultry, summer weekend the temperature in Harrogate rises whatever the weather as the world’s hottest celebration of crime writing swings into town. Once tasted, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next exciting chapter. But here’s the rub – it only comes once a year!
The 2014 Festival guarantees thrills, and perhaps a few spills at the hotel bar, as thousands gather at the crime writing industry’s self-appointed Annual General Meeting, with a difference! Grab a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale, relax in the hotel gardens, and dip into an intoxicating mix of comedy, cabaret, heated debate, and scintillating socialising. It would be a murderous misdemeanor to miss it.
Weekend Break Packages are now available to book now. Packages start from only £379 per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room, or only £439 for single person accommodation. Prices are dependent on your choice of hotel, for more information on the options available, click here. Packages include:
- 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation (17, 18 and 19 July)
- Weekend Rover Ticket with access to all Festival events from the Award event on Thursday evening to the last event on Sunday (excluding the Dinner event on Saturday evening), delicious lunches at The Old Swan Hotel on the Friday and Saturday and a complimentary Festival goody bag
To book, call tel: 01423 562303 or click here to email us.