Ben Aaronovitch at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Aaronovitch, Ben Web Sq

Saturday 12th July
St George Hotel | 2.00pm
Tickets: £8 Unreserved

Ever wondered what books your favourite crime writers read? Or what your favourite books say about you? Join crime writer Ben Aaronovitch, author of the best selling Rivers of London series, and Ella Berthoud for a session of Bibliotherapy: LIVE! Ella Berthoud believes that reading the right book could help ease pain, settle your mind or mend a broken heart. Sit back and relax as she diagnoses what ails best selling writer Ben Aaronovitch and … Read More >>

2014 Festival Round Up from Crimesquad

It is always a little disconcerting when you realise we are already halfway through 2014! I may commit murder on the next person who thinks they are being witty and original when saying that we’ll be ‘hanging out the tinsel’ very soon. Many a murder mystery has been based around the Yuletide celebrations and I am sure tinsel would be a very effective weapon! But I digress. I am enjoying the wonderful weather, (I am very … Read More >>

DCI Banks at the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival!


DCI Banks From Page to Screen
Saturday 12th July
St George Hotel | 12.00pm
Tickets: £15

Much loved TV drama DCI Banks, based on the internationally-successful novels by Peter Robinson, follows tenacious Yorkshire Detective Inspector Alan Banks as he brings justice to the fictional town of Eastvale.

DCI Banks returned to our screens for a third series on ITV in February 2014. Produced by the award-winning Left Bank Pictures, the new six episodes starred Stephen Tompkinson as the eponymous hero, Andrea Lowe as DS Cabbot … Read More >>

Theme for 2014 Murder Mystery Dinner revealed!


Wrap up warm for a chilling night of murder and mystery, specially crafted for the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Join bestselling writer Ann Cleeves, author of the Jimmy Perez series, whose transformation onto the small screen in BBC One’s Shetland transfixed the Nation. Now Ann will bring the world of the Shetland series to Harrogate, at this fantastic and exclusive murder mystery dinner.

Assisting her in creating a night to remember will be: Parker Bilal, … Read More >>

Belinda Bauer added to 2014 Program!


We’re thrilled to announce that Belinda Bauer is joining our already star-studded 2014 programme to interview Laura Lippman. This fantastic pairing of two former journalists, turned award winning crime novelists, is a must see event at this year’s Festival.

With a career including 12 years at the Baltimore Sun, Laura Lippman is now one of the most acclaimed novelists in America today. Since the publication of What The Dead Know each of her hardcovers has hit the … Read More >>

2014 Festival Launches with a Bang!

The 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival was launched on the evening of May 7th at Browns in London, in the very appropriate Judges Court!

See some of the fun that was had on the night (and see if you can spot anyone you know!) by browsing through our gallery, below…

#gallery-1 {
margin: auto;
#gallery-1 .gallery-item {
float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 25%;
#gallery-1 img {
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;
#gallery-1 .gallery-caption …

Long List Announced for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2014!


2014 marks the tenth year of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The award, run in partnership with T & R Theakston, WHSmith and Radio Times, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback over the previous twelve months.

Crime writing’s most coveted accolade, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award returns … Read More >>

Full Program Revealed!


Individual Tickets and Day Rovers now on sale!

You no longer have to wait to get your hands on individual tickets and Day Rovers for this year’s stellar programme!

We have added everything from the Awards and Opening Party event, to the Murder Mystery Dinner and infamous New Blood panel (and lots more in between) over on our events page. You will now be able to hand-pick your favourite events, and stake-out which fantastic authors you will be going … Read More >>

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival


Love reading and feel like branching out from crime fiction? Join us at the 2014 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival from the 10th – 13th July and have your mind stretched, your funny bone tickled and your taste buds teased by our fantastic speakers, including:

Jonathan Aitken
Thursday 10th July
St George Hotel | 2.30pm

Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality – an authoritative and fascinating study of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister from an insider’s perspective.

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner
Friday 11th July
St George Hotel | …

Big Read 2014

Discover ‘A Place of Execution’

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate’s 2014 Big Read title is the iconic A Place of Execution by Val McDermid.

Festival Reader-In-Residence David Mark will be taking a whistle stop tour of the North of England to meet readers in Yorkshire and the North East.ig Read title is the iconic A Place of Execution by Val McDermid.

Thanks to partnership from HarperFiction, the Festival will be distributing a limited number of free copies … Read More >>

Creative Thursday 2014

Get Inspired: Book Your Place Today

We are delighted that booking is now open for Creative Thursday 2014.

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s creative writing course for aspiring writers. Creative Thursday gives you the chance to hone your novel and short story writing skills with a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by best-selling crime writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

2014 Creative Thursday
Day – Thursday 17 July
Time – 9am – 5.30pm
Price – £109 …

Crime Special Guest tickets on sale now!


2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, with a stellar line up of Special Guests getting our programme off to a flying start. Tickets went on sale on Monday and are already being snapped up fast! Tickets for the following Special Guest events are still available, but we advise you book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

2014 Special Guests


Ann Cleeves

Sophie Hannah

John Harvey

Lynda La Plante

Laura Lippman

Peter May

Val McDermid

Denise Mina

S.J. …