Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

22-25 July 2021 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate


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.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is back this July and we are working hard on 2021’s Festival.

Our Programming Chair Ian Rankin has created a fantastic mix of renowned Special Guests, panels to entertain and amuse, whilst hearing from some of the greatest crime authors around.

Programme announcements will be going live in the next few weeks and we are adapting and evolving operational plans to be able to deliver a safe Festival in line with the government regulations at the time.

Given the current pandemic, the proposed roadmap, the available events guidance and, most importantly of all for us, the safety of our authors and audience, there are a number of things to be aware of. As an arts and events charity, we don’t yet have all the answers, but we want to ensure our audiences and partners are aware of our current plans for delivery. Please see our regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

We remain optimistic about the year ahead and like you, we are very much looking forward to the return of live events. We do hope to be able to welcome you back to the Home of Crime Fiction this summer, from the 22nd to the 25th of July.

If you have any questions, please email

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out HIF Player (our free on demand event platform), our podcast, You’re Booked, our Book Of The Month, stand alone events and much more – discover our online Festival now.

What’s On

Discover our upcoming streamed events.

HIF Player

Bringing events to life digitally. Watch and listen here.

Book Of The Month

Read along with us this month.

You’re Booked

Author interviews and book reviews, a must for any reader.

Family Resources

A host of collated fun ideas, activities, lesson plans, and workshops to make life for families just a little bit easier.

Crime Writing Festival Sponsors