Festival Favourite Lee Child returns in 2017 to celebrate his 21st Jack Reacher ‘Night School’. The Festival returns to the Old Swan Hotel 20-23 July 2017 with exact event timings released in the Spring. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every twenty seconds.

Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform. With  trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

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Weekend Break Packages

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 misdemeanour to miss it. No barriers, no exclusivity, it’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Everyone is invited. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, or even pitch your own novel to the UK’s leading agents, editors and publishers. Be inspired and join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt: the luxurious Old Swan Hotel. It would be a crime to miss it!

Packages are available with accommodation to suit all budgets and needs. Prices start from £370 per person and include:

  • 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation (20, 21 & 22 July 2017).
  • 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.