Monday, 29 April 2013

Theakson Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, 18-21 July 2013

I have just bagged the last two Saturday Rover tickets to the Harrogate International Festival (as all individual Lee Child tickets were sold out) on 20th July and also purchased two tickets to the Charlaine Harris author talk on 21st July as part of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, so I thought I had better share the information with my followers in case they wish to get some tickets before they all sell out.  Maybe see you there?



Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, 18-21 July 2013

2013 Festival Tickets Selling Fast!

Day Rovers, Weekend Rovers and Individual Event Tickets for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival are flying out the door! On this year's programme there's more of the biggest names in the business than ever before with Special Guests including Val McDermid, Kate Atkinson,  Charlaine Harris, Susan Hill, Ruth Rendell interviewed by Jeanette Winterson, Lee Child,  William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin (all pictured below). With individual tickets for one of these international stars already sold out, we advise you book soon to avoid disappointment. Don't miss your chance to see these amazing names on the Harrogate stage this July! Go on...indulge your criminal tendencies!

Weekend Rover (£199 each) and Day Rover tickets (£85 each) are fantastic value for money with delicious lunches and a goody bag packed full of exclusive crime writing treats included in the price. Individual event tickets start from as little as £10, allowing you to dip in and out of the programme without putting a strain on your pocket. With four days packed with events, and over 80 authors in attendance, make sure you get a piece of the action!

For the Full Festival Programme Click Here

Box Office: 01423 562 303
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Creative Thursday

Final Few Places Left

Calling all aspiring writers! Don't miss your chance to hone your novel and short story writing skills with a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by bestselling crime writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts. 

2013 Creative Thursday
Thursday 18 July
Time - 9am – 6pm
Price - £99 per person

This year's Creative Thursday is packed with workshops and interactive sessions to inspire and support your writing. Examine the greats of crime fiction with UEA creative writing tutor (and crime writer) Henry Sutton. Find out how to construct gripping plots and memorable characters with authors M.R. Hall and William RyanPlus ask yourself ‘Do we really see what we think we see?’ with Callum Sutherland from the Forensic Science Society.

There is also the return of the popular Dragons Pen! Four brilliant publishing professionals: Jane Gregory, Gordon Wise, Maria Rejt and Jade Chandler, two minutes to convince them your synopsis and first chapter are worth reading, one audience full of your fellow would-be writers watching how you fare. Our literary version of the popular TV show, the Dragons’ Den, is not for the faint-hearted.

For more details or to book your place please call the Festivals Office on 01423 562 303 or email
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Pick of the Panels

With more than 80 authors programmed in over 20 events over one long criminally good weekend, we wanted to give you a helping hand with our 'Pick of the Panels'. Here's a glimpse of some of the subjects under discussion with some panels you can really get your teeth stuck in to!

Fri 19 July | 10.30am | £10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Dead In Deutschland

European crime fiction has made a killing recently, but is it time for the Scandinavians to pass their woolly jumpers to their southern neighbours? Crime novels or ‘Krimis’ have exploded in Germany with festivals and bookshops devoted to the bestsellers. Four German crime writers shed light on the burgeoning scene, exploring why the genre has finally demanded respect within their culture. The UK’s leading expert on translated crime fiction Barry Forshaw asks  Jan Costin Wagner, Sebastian Fitzek (pictured right), Nele Neuhaus and Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen, is German crime fiction the Next Big Thing?
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Fri 19 July | 2pm | £10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Social Media: Who Are You?

Do you dream in hashtags? According to the government’s Chief Scientist, the web is redefining human identity, changing people’s views of who they are and their place in the world. It’s an addictive but questionable force.  So how do authors navigate these virtual choppy waters? Are they just procrastinating on Twitter? And what becomes of fragile egos in the hands of ruthless online avatars? Explore the fine line between social media success and social media suicide with authors Ruth Dudley-Edwards, Erin Kelly, Steve Mosby 
(pictured right), and Sarah Pinborough.  Giving them a #FF in this perfect ‘Follow Friday’ event is chair Mark Billingham. Join the conversation online live at #TOPCRIME2013
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Sat 20 July | 12.00pm | £10

The return of the panel dedicated to showcasing the year’s most dazzling debut authors. Always a must-see, this event will see 2013 Programming Chair, Queen of Crime Val McDermid (pictured right), in the hot seat to present four of the brightest new talents on the scene, inviting them to discuss their debut novels. Eager readers on the lookout for the next big thing will discover a sure-fire list of ‘ones to watch’. Introducing Derek B. Miller (Norwegian by Night), Anya Lipska (Where The Devil Can’t Go), Malcolm Mackay (The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter) and Colette McBeth (Precious Thing)
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Sun 21July | 10am | £10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Slaughtering The Sacred Cows
It sounds bloody. But then any subversive approach to stereotypes and conformity is bound to create a stir. Especially amongst the herd who like to play by the rules. But defying the rules in any art form gives rise to the development of new genres and styles. The crime genre has always had its bossy-boots critics ready to lay down the law about what a crime novel should be. But in this panel, iconoclastic authors Stuart MacBride, Catriona McPherson, Manda Scott and Cathi Unsworth speak to broadcaster Mark Lawson (pictured right), about breaking the mould, bending the rules, flouting the conventions, sticking their tongues out and generally pushing the boundaries of the genre. 
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