This week we are pleased to announce 2017 Special Guest…
Arne Dahl!

It’s time for #FestivalFever! Your favourite post brought to you by the best Crime Writing Festival in the world! Over the last few weeks we have been teasing you by revealing the 2017 programme piece by piece, one event at a time…we know, the suspension is too much! Today, we have just one more announcement for you.

Already revealed we have – Special Guests: Lee Child, Kathy Reichs and Ian Rankin, Peter May in conversation with Stuart MacBride, as well as the first of our 2017 Panel Events VERA!

Arne Dahl, a multi-award-winning author, critic and editor. His books have sold over three million copies, and been translated into 32 languages. Last appearing at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in 2012, we are absolutely delighted to announce his return in 2017 as part of an ‘In Conversation’ event. Who will Dahl be in conversation with you ask? You’ll just have to wait and see!

Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling Intercrime series which has been made into a BBC TV series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of ten novels has won its creator such distinguished awards as the premier crime writing awards in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In 2007 The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers awarded Arne Dahl a special prize for his “vitalization and development of the crime genre through his Intercrime series”.


“To me the thriller or crime novel is the perfect tool to reach deep down into the contemporary human mind and society. While producing sheer reading joy (because it’s so fun to write), I still wish to go one step beyond the conventional thriller. I want my books to leave a mark in the mind of the reader, a little moral question that can’t stop rushing around in the back of her head.

But basically it is of course about pleasure, about recreating the best reading-experiences of my own life, experiences not like any others in the world. Experiences where you get caught in a different world and don’t want to leave it. I simply write the books I want to read.

There is no other literary genre with the same inherent capacity to catch the reader. This is why I love the crime novel so much. It’s about the search for the truth that we are all constantly involved in. In its quest for a past with as few lies as possible crime fiction is the best representation of the human aspiration and desire that I know.

The question I’m asking is really always the same: What’s life really about? What is this short flash of light between two eternities of darkness? How do we use this all too fleeting time in the most decent and enjoyable way? And why do we have such trouble doing it?”

Festival Focus:
Crowne Plaza!Holiday Inn

The Crown Plaza Harrogate (previously Holiday Inn)
The Crown Plaza is a spacious hotel with an enviable position in the heart of this historic spa town, an easy level five minute walk from the Festival venue at the Old Swan Hotel. You’ll find a traditional Yorkshire welcome when you arrive at this modern and incredibly stylish hotel. As an additional benefit, single travellers staying at the Crown Plaza enjoy a double or twin room as standard at no extra cost. The hotel also offers free accommodation for children under 16 when sharing a room with 2 adults. Use of the Academy leisure club is available complimentary to hotel guests. Located adjacent to the International Centre, limited on site car parking is available at an additional charge.

Our Crown Plaza Hotel Weekend Break Packages start from £489 per person for 3 nights including your Weekend Rover Ticket. Limited availability so contact our Festival Team on 01423 562303 or click here today to ensure you don’t miss out on this stunning Hotel!

The line-up so far…