The Crime Writers’ Association

Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is Europe’s largest event dedicated to the celebration of crime fiction. Taking place annually over four days each July (20-23, 2017), the Festival programmes over 90 best-selling UK and international crime authors and over 30 events. It is delivered by the north of England’s leading arts festival organisation, Harrogate International Festivals.

2017’s Programming Chair is Elly Griffiths.

Special guests for the 15th festival include Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Peter May, Stuart MacBride, Arne Dahl, Joseph Finder, Dennis Lehane and Kathy Reichs.

The event features the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

2016’s event sold 14,000 individual tickets over four days. It was cited as one of the UK’s top literary festivals in the Guardian and Elle magazine, and reached 8.2 million Twitter users, with 35.9 million impressions during the first week of 2016’s Festival.

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