Full Program Revealed!

Tickets

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

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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 | … Read More >>

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 … Read More >>

Crime Special Guest tickets on sale now!

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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

Broadchurch

Ann Cleeves

Sophie Hannah

John Harvey

Lynda La Plante

Laura Lippman

Peter May

Val McDermid

Denise Mina

S.J. … Read More >>

March’s Book of the Month – Roberto Constantini’s The Deliverance of Evil

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A cold case comes back to haunt Commissario Balistreri against the backdrop of tough times in Rome. The Deliverance of Evil has been described by Jeffery Deaver as ‘a non-stop thriller’ and by Peter May as ‘utterly compelling.’ Why not join our online reading group and tell us what you think of this month’s featured title?

 

On 11 July 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious. A killer was waiting . . .

On 9 July … Read More >>

Special Event – Poirot & Me: An Evening with David Suchet

If you can’t wait until next July for some crime fuelled fun, then fear not! On Tuesday 10th December, star of stage and screen David Suchet will be appearing on the Harrogate stage at the magnificent Royal Hall to discuss his new autobiography Poirot and Me.

Hercule Poirot, with his distinctive moustache and fastidious ways, is one of Agatha Christie’s finest creations and one of the world’s best-loved detectives. Through his television performance in ITV’s Agatha Christie’s … Read More >>

Weekend Break Packages – Rooms Selling Fast

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 best way to guarantee your place at the Festival is by booking one of our Weekend Break Packages, which … Read More >>

Booking Now Open for all 2014 Festival Hotels

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!

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open at our range of beautiful handpicked hotels across … Read More >>

Review the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year longlist titles.

2013 marks the ninth year of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and we want to know what you think of the longlist titles. The award, run in partnership with WHSmith, 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 wanted accolade, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the … Read More >>

A Guide to Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

American blogger and book lover Erin Faye takes a look at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2013 Longlist.

Down the road from the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, one can find a gorgeous idyllic small town called Harrogate. Each July, Harrogate welcomes thousands of crime fiction readers, authors, publishers, and assorted other folks who are passionate about tales with a dark side to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

The festival … Read More >>

2013 Festival Tickets On Sale Now!

Day Rovers, Weekend Rovers and Individual Event Tickets for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival are flying out the door! On this year’s programme there’s more of the biggest names in the business than ever before with Special Guests including Val McDermid, Kate Atkinson,  Charlaine Harris, Susan Hill, Ruth Rendell interviewed by Jeanette Winterson, Lee Child,  William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin (all pictured below).  Don’t miss your chance to see these amazing names on the Harrogate stage this July! Go on…indulge your … Read More >>