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.