Special Guest Announcement!!!

David Morrisey - Square

We are busy in the office finalising the line-up for this years Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. We are asked daily if we can give hints and clues to who we are including this year, today we can do one better.

We can announce one of our Special Guest events.

In conversation: Mark Billingham and David Morrissey.

In this special event, the bestselling crime writer and the acclaimed actor who played Tom Thorne on TV will … Read More >>

Tell Us What You Think!

Did you attend any or all of the packed program at the 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the Festival!

So if you have a favourite author you’d like to see appear, or ideas for the 2015 Festival, please click here and give us … Read More >>

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014 announced!

On Thursday 17 July 2014, Belinda Bauer scooped the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Rubbernecker.

Celebrating its tenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country.

Belinda was presented the award by title sponsor Simon Theakston and broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. The annual Festival, hosted in Harrogate, is the … Read More >>

Dates Announced for 2015!

Old Swan Hotel - Venue for the 2013 Festival

We’re delighted to announce that Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will be returning on:

16-19 July 2015, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
The first details of the 2015 Festival programme have been released, with best-selling crime author Ann Cleeves taking up the role of Programming Chair. Special Guests already confirmed include M.C.Beaton; Arnaldur Indridason; and Sara Paretsky with more names to be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Watch this space for …

Festival Highlights

Thanks to the amazing work of this year’s Programming Chair Steve Mosby (pictured right), the 2014 Festival had a scintillating schedule of events, mixing established favourites at the top of their game with fresh blood and exciting new voices.

Under Steve’s stewardship, Festival goers were treated to a guided tour of the best and brightest in crime fiction from our signature intensive writing course Creative Thursday; through a gripping range of panels exploring the latest ideas and … Read More >>

Introducing our 2015 Programming Chair!


Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV’s VERA and BBC One’s SHETLAND. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide.  

Ann is also a huge supporter of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, and held the first ever Reader-In-Residence position from 2003-2009. In 2015, Ann is delighted to be … Read More >>

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…

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