The Crime Writers’ Association

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate 19-22 July 2018

The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel this summer from the 19-22 July. Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.


With Lee Child at the helm as Programming Chair for 2018, we’re looking forward to a really exciting programme. Authors who will be holding forth include luminaries such as Denise Mina, Don Winslow, Andrew Taylor, Antonia Hodgson, Erin Kelly, Simon Mayo, John Grisham, Sophie Hannah, Nicci French – and many more, including quizzes, Crime Room 101 with Richard Osman and the famous New Blood panel with Val McDermid.


Tickets can be purchased for individual events or for full days or the full weekend. Hotel packages are also available: for full details pop along here. Box office: 01423 562 303.


“The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival is the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” – Lee Child, author


Also at Harrogate: Audible to Annouce Winner of New Writing Grant at Friday Afternoon Reception

Audible will be announcing the winner, along with a live reading, at a drinks reception on the Friday afternoon.

Join Audible at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival to toast the winner of the inaugural Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition, the first of its kind recognising writing for the ever-growing audio format.

Be the first to hear who has been awarded the £10,000 advance, as chosen by our panel of crime and audio experts: Sunday Times Best-Seller and two-time Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; Sunday Times Best-Seller and CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph’s Crime Critic Jake Kerridge and Audible’s Director Of Content Laurence Howell.

The event is free but RSVP essential. Please register through Eventbrite or email



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