Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Returns to Harrogate for 18th Year in 2020
by Sarah Morgan
Crime writing royalty heads to the Old Swan in Harrogate again this summer for the 18th Theakstons Old Perculier Crime Writing Festival.
Ian Rankin, creator of the legendary Rebus, is this year’s chair, and he’s making sure the females of the species – so often deadlier than the male, as Agatha Christie, PD James, Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L Sayers and the like would attest – are well represented.
Among the first guests to be announced are No 1 bestseller Martina Cole, who will share the stories behind her iconic career as the undisputed Queen of Crime, while Kathy Reichs will introduce A Conspiracy of Bones, the riveting new thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
Master of psychological suspense Lisa Gardner will give the Harrogate audience an insight into the twists and turns of When You See Me, and Elly Griffiths is set to reveal the secrets behind her much-loved Dr Ruth Galloway mystery series.
“Discover the secrets”
Guys needn’t feel left out – festival favourite Mark Billingham celebrates 20 years of his iconic ‘tec Tom Thorne at the event. Michael Connelly and Mick Herron are also due to appear.
“It is for good reason that Harrogate is so well loved by authors and audiences alike, and the pressure has been on to make sure that this year lives up to its reputation!” says Rankin. “But working with the Harrogate team has been a joy and we’re incredibly proud of the celebration of crime writing we have in store.
“Beginning with the announcement of our incredible special guests, the countdown to this year’s legendary long weekend is well and truly on and I can’t wait to unveil the rest in April.”
Simon Theakston, executive director of sponsors Theakston, adds: “We are incredibly proud to be supporting the biggest and best crime writing festival in the world, right here in Harrogate – it is a truly unique opportunity to discover the secrets behind the genre’s greatest characters, listen to world-renowned authors and celebrate the wonderful world of crime writing.
“All this and the chance to enjoy a very satisfying glass of Old Peculier at the same time…”