Saturday, 2 May 2015

Eddie Izzard coming to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2015

In a change to the previously advertised line-up for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Eddie Izzard is now replacing David Morrissey.  Full details below:

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Special Guest Change

There has been a change to the line-up of previously announced 2015 Special Guests. Sadly, David Morrissey is no longer able to make the trip to the UK this summer. It’s not all bad news though – far from it! – as we are delighted to announce that joining the Special Guest roster to appear In Conversation with Mark Billingham is the most acclaimed comedian of his generation, Eddie Izzard.
Mark Billingham and Eddie Izzard first met more than twenty-five years ago as struggling stand-up comics. Mark continued to struggle then later chucked in the comedy and went on to write the hugely successful series of crime novels featuring DI Tom Thorne. Eddie meanwhile became the most acclaimed comedian of his generation, on top of which he is now a hugely successful actor, activist and campaigner. In this very special guest event, they will discuss the overlap between crime and comedy, the art of storytelling and will of course be talking about Eddie’s many TV and film appearances, most recently as serial killer Abel Gideon in the TV series Hannibal.


Did you know there are three events that are not included in the Rover Passes this year? We have TWO Brand New events, our Just Add Readers Afternoon Tea and the Dead Good Readers Award along with festival favourite the Authors Dinner! We are certain these events will be amazing, make sure you book your tickets soon to ensure you don't miss out!

Just Add Readers

Thursday 16th July | 3.00pm | Tickets: £10


From Ann Cleeves – a personal invitation to all festival-goers to join instant conversations about books. Some of our most memorable reading experiences spark the liveliest conversations - as surprising, fun and individual as readers themselves.

Join us for tea and cake, Harrogate-style, and share your reading passions in the company of other readers and writers. Talk books, talk crime, talk writers in this fun and friendly Festival curtain-raiser. Features a Great Mystery Book Swap – your chance to gift a book you’ve loved (and don’t mind parting with) to another reader … and get one to try for yourself.
Afternoon tea and cake included in the ticket price. Please bring a book you’re happy to give away.

Dead Good Books Reader Awards

 Friday 17th July | 7.00pm | Tickets: £12

Voting is now open to pick your winners for the Dead Good Reader Awards, closes on 31st May Vote Here. Who will scoop The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics? The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective? Or The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending? Announced at this years festival

Join us for this exciting event as Lee Child, Val McDermid and more present awards to your Dead Good winners. Enjoy a glass of wine and fabulous goodies at the inaugural Dead Good Reader Awards.


Authors Dinner: Murder in the Lemon Grove

Saturday 18th July | 6.15pm | Tickets: £30


Pan Macmillian

When Sicilian businessman, Paolo Brusconi is found murdered in a lemon grove adjoining an archaeological site, four people come under suspicion. But was Brusconi killed because of a dispute with one of the site’s guides? Or because of his amorous exploits with the director of the excavation? Or did his killer have another motive altogether?
A case to be cracked over a few courses of fine dining… Authors  apply their criminal minds, alongside their napkins.
Inspired by the Mantalbano books of Andrea Camilleri, this fiendish mystery was devised by author Kate Ellis, who will be hosting the evening.

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