Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

22-25 July 2021 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate


We are delighted to announce the Longlist for the most wanted accolade in crime fiction, 2020’s  Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award. The award celebrates excellence, originality, and the very best in crime fiction from UK and Irish authors. Take a look at the Longlist by clicking on Award in on menu and visit here to buy the books. Remember your opinion counts, so don’t forget to read to vote for your favourite book to make the Shortlist by noon on the 4th June.

To ensure that you still get your #TheakstonsCrime fix, we’ve launched HIF At Home and HIF Player to bring you all the fun of the Festival whilst you stay safe at home. Packed full of never heard before audio of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival events,  alongside many more literature events, author interviews and book recommendations on  You’re Booked, our Book Of The Month, playlists, our crime flavoured HIF Player podcast, and our children’s resources. Click here to visit HIF AT Home.

We’ll also be streaming a number of new digital #TheakstonsCrime events over the coming months – sign up to our e-mailing list or keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.

The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, would have celebrated it’s 18th year in 2020. 

Sadly, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we have made the disappointing decision to cancel the Harrogate International Festivals Summer Season. For more information please visit our statement here.

Many months of dedicated work went into planning this exceptional season and we were so looking forward to the fantastic programme curated for 2020 from our programming partners, led this year by Ian Rankin.

I’m devastated this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival can’t happen. Devastated for everyone who’s worked so hard to put together the programme. Devastated for all the authors and readers for whom the festival is so very special. If Covid ends up stabbed, poisoned or bludgeoned there will be no shortage of suspects. But…2021 will be all the more special. Everyone involved will make it so – that’s a promise. See you then. Mine will be a Theakston’s if you’re asking.”  Ian Rankin, Programming Chair 2020

We hope to welcome you back to the Festival next year, and one thing is for sure, we are all the more determined to make 2021 a year to remember – for all the right reasons. The dates for 2021 are the 22-25 July.

Crime Writing Festival Sponsors