Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

22-25 July 2021 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate


The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is back this July!

We are looking forward to producing a live event here in Harrogate at our home The Old Swan Hotel with a programme that packs a punch from 2021 Programming Chair Ian Rankin.

From the announcement of the most coveted Award in Crime Fiction with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year right through to our finale event with the author of the fastest selling adult crime debut in recorded history Richard Osman, the programme is crammed full of Special Guests, panels and entertainment celebrating fantastic crime fiction right at the crime writing industry’s unofficial AGM.

Early Special Guest announcements for this summer include Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, Clare Mackintosh and CL Taylor whilst our not to miss panels include our very own fastest selling event every year with Val McDermid’s inimitable New Blood, alongside Who Killed The Police Procedural, What Really is Christie’s Enduring Allure, or pick your winner for and choose your very own Top of the Cops.

More programme announcements will be coming soon, in the meantime to book your Weekend Break Package to Harrogate with the Festival Office, call  01423 562303 from 10am on Monday 7th June.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Home of Crime Fiction this summer from the 22nd to the 25th July.

For questions about the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in 2021 around event safety and what to expect in this unusual year please go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The award that crime fiction fans plan their year around – The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year – is back for 2021, ready to crown a new winner of the most coveted prize in crime fiction for UK and Irish authors. Click here to discover the books and to vote for your favourite.

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