Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

23-26 July 2020 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate


The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 17th year, will return to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel on 23-26 July 2020! Curated by our expert Programming Committee helmed by crime fiction titan Ian Rankin and celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

With an incredible line-up of special guests and a variety of fresh and exciting panels, you’re bound to find something you like.

2019 saw Harrogate welcoming titan of crime fiction James Patterson to the stage. We also invited Ian Rankin and Harlan Coben to speak in conversation, while First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon interviewed her favourite writer (and one of her close friends) Val McDermid. Writer Jed Mercurio was on hand to discuss the nitty-gritty of bringing Line of Duty and Bodyguard to the screen, and Norwegian creator of Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo, spoke in-depth about his work with Denise Mina. This was in addition to our excellent handpicked panels, with over 102 featured authors gracing the main stage over the 3-day weekend!

Customers travelled worldwide for the festival including as far as Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Over 2,100 books were purchased at our onsite WHSmith Bookshop and 1,300 tea and coffees served as part of our Rover Tickets.

The full programme for 2020 is due to be announced in Spring 2020 and tickets will be released shortly after including Day Rover and Weekend Rover tickets.

Fancy coming next year? Sign up to our mailing list or keep an eye out on our social media channels for further programming announcements, check out our FAQ’s or why not let us look after your accommodation needs and book your Weekend Break Package now? We’ll see you there!

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