Big Read 2015

Big Read SquareIn 2015 The Big Read, run in association with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate is inviting you to discover the tempestuous thriller ‘Blood Shot’, from one of America’s greatest female crime writers. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to read this fast-paced suspense novel this Summer.

The Festival’s Reader-In-Residence David Mark will be touring pubs across the North of England, discussing how Paretsky’s heroine V.I. Warshawski “is the detective many mystery fans have been waiting for” (Newsweek) and why, since her appearance on the mystery scene, detective fiction has never been quite the same!


BR Mon11am – Hamilton Russell Arms – Bank Terrace,Thorpe Thewles, Stockton On Tees, TS21 3JW – Website – Telephone: 01740 630757

2pm – Marton Library – The Willows, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8LB – Telephone: 01642 300255

7.30pm – Black Bull in Paradise – Theakston Brewery, Red Lane, Masham, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4YD – Website – Telephone: 01765 680000


BR Tue11am – Golden Fleece, York – 16 Pavement, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9UP – Website – Telephone: 01904 625171

2pm – Tempest Arms, Skipton – Elslack Lane, Elslack, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 3AY – Telephone: 01282842450

7.30pm – The Old Bell Tavern, Harrogate – 6 Royal Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SZ – Website – Telephone: 01423 507930


BR Weds2pm – Huddersfield Library – Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU Telephone: 01484 221959
5.45pm – Leeds Central Library – Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB – Telephone: 0113 247 6016

BR Thu11am – Old Yard Tapas Bar, Darlington – 98 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JY – Website – Telephone: 01325 467385

2pm – Kings Head Hotel, Richmond – 10 Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4HS – Website – Telephone: 01748 850220


BR Fri11am – Newcastle City Library – Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne – Telephone:0191 277 4100

2pm – North Shields Customer First Centre – Northumberland Square, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1QU – Telephone : 0191 643 5270

Unable to make our Big Read Events in June?

But are coming to the Festival?

Don’t worry, we have a special Readers Book Group on Saturday 18th July at 1pm. Join David Mark at this free readers’ event as he explores this brilliant V.I Warshawski thriller from one of America’s greatest female crime writers.