Highlights at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

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A selection of highlights from the upcoming Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writers Festival in Harrogate. Take a look for the events you absolutely must not miss!

Posted on July 13, 2017 in Events
Tags: Crime, Theakston's Old Peculier, crime writers, festival, harrogate

Hello Crime Lovers!

We’re here with a quick run-down of what will be going on at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate next weekend. We’ve got lots of lovely authors attending, so if you’re going, don’t miss out on the event highlights below. If you’re not, make sure to follow all the fun on social media!



‘The Dark Side’

Friday 21st July, 12pm, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £11

How do you write believable crime fiction that also features the unknown? Putting the peculier into Theakston Old Peculier, crime gets creepy as authors explore how the supernatural pushes boundaries. Holding hands and peeking under the covers is our wonderful festival programming chair Elly Griffiths, with James Oswald, Simon Toyne, Sarah Pinborough and panel chair Clare Donoghue.

The Dark Side

‘Ashes to Ashes’

Friday 21st July, 2pm, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £11

Why is the past so fashionable again? Historical crime novelists explore timeless questions. William Shaw, Antonia Hodgson, SG MacLean, and Graeme Macrae Burnet will be on this panel, chaired by Robert Goddard.

Ashes to Ashes

‘Endearing Monsters’

Friday 21st July, 3.30pm, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £11

Being liked is so over-rated, and when it comes to murderously good crime writing, it’s the monsters we love to hate. Be sure to look out for Sabine Durrant and Mick Herron who will be joined by Stav Sherez and Shari Lapena. Panel chair Julia Crouch will be keeping the minds behind these monsters in line.

Endearing Monsters


‘Where do your crimes come from?’

Saturday 22 July, 2pm, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £11

Festival favourite Mark Billingham chairs a panel of lovely authors who will discuss what inspires their murderous meanderings. Unpick the criminal masterminds behind the bestsellers – with Sarah Hilary, Steve Mosby, Belinda Bauer, and Melanie Raabe.

Where do Your Crimes come from?

‘Special Guest: Stuart MacBride in Conversation with Peter May’

Saturday 22nd July, 8.30pm, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £14

Stuart MacBride has had a bash at studying architecture, working offshore, being a graphic designer, a professional actor, an undertaker, a web designer and finally circling the career drain by becoming a project manager for a huge IT company. MacBride has since gone on to become the bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels and has also published a near-future thriller, a short story collection, a couple of novellas, and a slightly twisted picture book for slightly twisted children.

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides, the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan, as well as the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, with Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod. One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama, before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Stuart MacBride & Peter May


‘Stranger Than Fiction’

Sunday 23rd July, 11.30am, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Tickets are £11

Writers have an uncanny knack of predicting the future, exploring our dark fears; is it probability analysis or crystal ball-gazing? Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. With panellists Sarah Lotz, Chris Brookmyre, Kati Heikkapelto, Eva Dolan, and chair NJ Cooper.

Stranger than Fiction

Along with these brilliant events, there will be plenty of other authors there joining in the fun. We’ll be live tweeting from lots of panels and there will be a special mini podcast edition on each day of the festival – so make sure to check back on Crime Files social for alerts!


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