Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2015
The full line up for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Harrogate International Festivals) has just been announced:
comes to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is a
reader. The Festival proves that reading is creative, inspiring and
wonderfully social. Throughout the weekend we’ll be sharing our
passion for the best crime writing around. There’ll be intense debate
during the panels and special guest conversations, arguments late
into the night in the bar and fascinating discussions at a new
innovation for 2015: our Thursday afternoon Readers’ Tea.
This year we focus on crime fiction’s ability to take
us to strange lands and to see familiar places in a new and
unsettling way. From our comfortable base in North Yorkshire we’ll be
travelling the globe. Come and join us for the trip of a
Cleeves, 2015 Festival Programming Chair
‘hello’ to returning friends, and a warm welcome to new friends to
be… The 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is once
more, a murderously good line-up.
Each year, I wonder how this
unique celebration of the crime genre can throw up a new plot twist
or bigger revelation than the previous year’s killer line-up. It’s a
bit like the expectations we had around Broadchurch 2. Can it really
One woman who truly knows how to sustain a crime
series as the author behind ITV’s sensational Vera, and BBC’s
brooding Shetland, is this years Programming Chair, Ann Cleeves. It’s
a huge honour and delight for us all to have Ann at the helm. Not
only because of her talent and passion for the genre, but because of
her strong connection with our Festivals, developing our ‘Big Read’
initiative as our original Reader-in-Residence.
It’s seems counter-intuitive that a festival
celebrating a genre that revolves around murder is so famed for its
sense of fun and friendliness, but it is most certainly true. That’s
what makes Harrogate so special – no matter who you are - you’re
connected by all the other partners in crime mingling in the grounds
of the beautiful Old Swan Hotel, sharing a very genuine joy for
writing and reading.
I hope you’ll agree, 2015 is a sensational programme
destined to inspire. Enjoy the conversation, the laughter, and of
course, the bar – with a pint of Theakstons in hand!
Simon Theakston, Executive Director, T&R Theakston
Thursday 16th July
Readers* 3.00pm | Tickets £10
instant conversations about books. Afternoon tea and cake included
Please bring a book you’re happy to give away.
Novel of the Yearand Opening Party 8.00pm | Tickets £16
The six authors shortlisted for the prestigious prize battle it out
for supremacy. Acclaimed broadcaster Mark Lawson hosts as the 2015
award is presented to the lucky winner.
Friday 17th July
Guest: Sara Paretsky In Conversation with Val McDermid
9.00am | Tickets: £13
Sara Paretsky, an American author credited with transforming the
mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I
Warshawski, will be In Conversation with Val McDermid, best known for
her successful series of suspense novels featuring her most famous
creation, Dr. Tony Hill.
Things Differently There…
10.30am | Tickets: £10
But is the past really a foreign country? Was the psychology of
murder different in the past or is it only the technology of
investigation and conviction that has changed? With Lindsey Davis,
Christopher Fowler, Elly Griffiths, William Ryan and Manda Scott.
12.00pm | Tickets: £10
Showcasing the best of Irish Noir including Steve Cavanagh, Brian
McGilloway, Adrian McKinty, Eoin McNamee and Stuart Neville.
2.00pm | Tickets: £10
At a time when we’re bombarded with suggestions for new reading and
when Amazon reviews and star-ratings have become devalued, how do we
come across that very special book that will stay with us for a
lifetime? With Stewart Bain, Isabelle Grey, Anya Lipska, David Mark
and James Oswald.
3.30pm | Tickets: £10
Is the crime novel essentially an up-dated morality tale? With
Belinda Bauer, Wiley Cash, Jonathan Freedland, Nicci French and Cath
5.00pm | Tickets: £11
Exactly 10 years after publication of ‘The Girl With The Dragon
Tattoo’, this Summer will see a new story (the fourth in the
phenomenally successful series) based on Stieg Larsson’s universe and
characters. Find out more exclusively in Harrogate.
6.30pm | Tickets: £10
Best of local authors and those who love Yorkshire including Frances
Brody, Lee Child, Steve Mosby, Peter Robinson and Nick Quantrill.
7.00pm | Tickets £12
The Reader awards ask you to vote for your winners including Best
Hero, Best Villain and Best Twist.
Guest: Mark Billingham In Conversation with David Morrissey
8.30pm | Tickets: £13
In this special event, the bestselling crime writer and the acclaimed
actor who played Tom Thorne on TV will discuss bringing crime fiction
to the screen.
Art of Criticism
10.00pm | Tickets: £10
We might pretend to ignore reviews, but we all seek a good quote to
put on the jacket of the paperback, and some comments can be
genuinely hurtful. Should authors ever review the books of their
friends? Including Jake Kerridge, S.J Parris, Stav Sherez, Ann
Widdecombe and Daphne Wright .
Saturday 18th July
Guest: Lisa Gardner In Conversation with Ann Cleeves 9.00am | Tickets: £13
This year’s Programming Chair Ann Cleeves, creator of the
phenomenally successful Vera Stanhope novels dramatized on ITV,
interviews New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.
Guest: M.C. Beaton In Conversation with Fred MacAuley 10.30am | Tickets: £13
This Scottish pair will be discussing M. C. Beaton’s extensive
New Blood 12.00pm | Tickets: £10
Val McDermid introduces four sparkling new talents, Renee Knight,
Clare Mackintosh, Ben McPherson and Lucy Ribchester.
Lands 2.00pm | Tickets: £10
A writer’s imagination can be triggered by extreme environments. Find
out what influences Mark Lawson, MJ McGrath, Hakan Nesser, Craig
Robertson, Michael Robotham and Louise Welsh.
Forensics 3.30pm | Tickets: £10
Find out how real crime forensics effect the crime genre with Lin
Anderson, Lorna Dawson, Prof. Niamh Nic Daeid, James Grieve and
TV Panel 5.00pm | Tickets: £13
Featuring Yorkshire born Sally Wainwright, the British BAFTA winning
television writer and playwright, well known for her creation of the
hugely popular Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey TV series’.
Full panel line up TBA soon.
Dinner: Murder in the Lemon Grove* 6.15pm | Tickets: £30
When Sicilian businessman Paolo Brusconi is found murdered in a lemon
grove adjoining an archaeological site, four people come under
Guest: Lee Child 8.30pm | Tickets: £13
Festival favourite Lee Child returns to discuss his new book, Make
Me, the twentieth instalment in the Jack Reacher series.
Quiz 10.00pm | Tickets: £10
Test your criminal knowledge with quiz masters Mark Billingham and
McDermid and vie to get your hands on the coveted
Sunday 19th July
Patricia Highsmith 10.00am | Tickets: £10
2015 marks Tom Ripley’s 60th birthday and we’re delighted to
celebrate the author and her work with Martin Edwards, Sarah
Hilary, Peter James, Peter Swanson and Andrew Taylor.
Guest: Arnaldur Indridason interviewed by Barry Forshaw 11.30am | Tickets: £13
Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indridason speaks to writer and
journalist Barry Forshaw.
Want to go to all of this year's events?
Why not indulge your criminal tendencies and get great value for
money with a Festival Rover ticket:
• Access to
all Festival events* from 8pm on Thursday 16 July to 12.30pm on
Sunday 19 July
• Delicious lunches at the Old Swan Hotel on Friday 17 and Saturday
• A complimentary Festival goody bag
Price: £215 per person
• Access to
all Festival events* throughout the day
• A delicious lunch at the Old Swan Hotel
• A complimentary Festival goody bag
Price: £92 per person
Price: £86 per person
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75
Crime Novel of the Year Partners