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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 21-24 July 2016

Crime Wave Heads for Harrogate

Tickets for Europe’s biggest celebration of the crime genre, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival  are now on sale.

Val-McDermid-2Alongside Special Guest tickets for Martina Cole, Jeffery Deaver and Val McDermid, readers can now book for all panel events hosted over the long weekend of July 21 to 24 at the Old Swan Hotel. Audiences are invited to grab a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale, and dip into an intoxicating mix of comedy, heated debate and scintillating socialising.

Highlights include Girl on a Train author Paula Hawkins, alongside Clare Mackintosh, whose debut I Let You Go was one of the fastest selling titles of 2015, exploring the publishing phenomenon, Grip Lit.

Broadcaster Mark Lawson also features on a panel exploring political corruption, with BBC security correspondent-turned thriller author Frank Gardner, and the remarkable novelist, playwright and memoirist, Gillian Slovo.

There’ll also be a panel focusing on the French wave of crime authors, as the country is pitched to take the crown of Nordic Noir, and a spotlight on South Africa, exploring one of the most violent societies on Earth.

The Festival opens with Creative Thursday – a day of creative writing workshops – before the annual Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Awards.  As psychological thrillers are one of the hottest publishing trends, budding writers can get to grips with the genre with award-winning writers, Sarah Hilary and Alex Marwood.

Respected arts journalist, editor and publishing commentator, Danuta Kean delivers a session on how to get deep under the skin of your characters, creating full, plausible people with deep back-story and related character traits.

Irish author William Ryan and the bestselling M.R. Hall look at how to turn a good idea into a commercial novel. There’ll also be a chance to pitch your novel to the biggest agents, publishers and editors in the industry in the famed ‘Dragons’ Pen’.

2016 has been programmed by one of the most acclaimed crime writers at work today, Peter James. ‘King of the police procedural’ Peter recently won the Crime Writers’ Association’s highest honour, the CWA Diamond Dagger award.

For a full programme, or to book visit: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com Box Office: 01423 562 303.

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