Sunday, 22 March 2015

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:

Everyone who 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 lifetime!    
Ann Cleeves, 2015 Festival Programming Chair
A hearty ‘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 get better?
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

Just Add Readers*
3.00pm | Tickets £10
Join our instant conversations about books. Afternoon tea and cake included Please bring a book you’re happy to give away.

TOP Crime Novel of the Year and 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

Special 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.
They Do 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.
Irish Noir
12.00pm | Tickets: £10

Showcasing the best of Irish Noir including Steve Cavanagh, Brian McGilloway, Adrian McKinty, Eoin McNamee and Stuart Neville.
Your Perfect Match
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.
The Morality of Murder
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 Staincliffe.
Millennium - She's Back!
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.
Yorkshire Pride
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.
Dead Good Reader Awards*
7.00pm | Tickets £12

The Reader awards ask you to vote for your winners including Best Hero, Best Villain and Best Twist.
Special 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.
The Black 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

Special 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.
Special Guest: M.C. Beaton In Conversation with Fred MacAuley
10.30am | Tickets: £13

This Scottish pair will be discussing M. C. Beaton’s extensive career.
New Blood
12.00pm | Tickets: £10

Val McDermid introduces four sparkling new talents, Renee Knight, Clare Mackintosh, Ben McPherson and Lucy Ribchester.
Strange 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.
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 Martin Hall.

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.
Author 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 suspicion.
Special 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.
Late Night Quiz
10.00pm | Tickets: £10

Test your criminal knowledge with quiz masters Mark Billingham and Val McDermid and vie to get your hands on the coveted quiz cup!

Sunday 19th July

Celebrating 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.
Special 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:
 Weekend 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 18 July
• A complimentary Festival goody bag

Price: £215 per person

Day Rover Ticket
• 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 booking fee.

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