Crime Files at Harrogate

The Crime Files team are off to Harrogate with a number of exciting and exclusive activities planned. Read on for more details!

Posted on July 16, 2015 in News

This weekend sees the annual gathering of hundreds of crime fans, authors and publishers for the 11th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

This year, Crime Files is very pleased and excited to be sponsoring a number of events and the Sperry Tent will become home to the Crime Files team for the weekend.

Our theme for the festival is CRIME FILES ON TOUR, using the locations from our books as our inspiration for the weekend.

We are taking over the Sperry Tent, an impossible-to-miss marquee on the lawn in front of the festival hotel, for the whole of Saturday 18th July. The tent will be Crime Files branded and an all day programme of interactive, buzzy events and activities.

So make sure you come along and join the team for some criminally-good activity.


We are asking festivalgoers to get a passport from their goody bag, come to events, join in the fun and collect stamps from around the world for a chance to win a big prize.


10:00 USA

Join Lisa Gardner for a Boston Tea Party!

First 100 visitors to the tent will receive an exclusive sampler of her next novel FIND HER, along with a bespoke Betty’s cake and iced tea!

11:00 Britain

The ultimate author test: give David Mark prompts and clues for a live crime story writing session, and pick up an exclusive proof of his next book DEAD PRETTY

12:00 Sweden

Crack the code to celebrate David Lagercrantz’s THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB – the fourth Millennium novel with an overnight stay in London to be won

13:00 Crime Writing Central

Lunchtime meet & greet/writing tips with editors and authors including Sinead Crowley, Sarah Hilary, Claire McGowan, and Kate Rhodes

14:00 The Depths of the Ocean / International Waters

It’s time to play battleships and drink rum for J.S. Law’s TENACITY

15:00 India

Can you pin the tail on Vaseem Khan’s elephant from THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA?

16:00 Japan

Discover Hideo Yokoyama’s SIX FOUR. What will happen at 6 minutes past 4?

16:30 South Africa

Pick up a Deon Meyer ICARUS proof and a half-bottle of South African wine.

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