First Names Announced for The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival #TheakstonsCrime #HIF2020

I am absolutely delighted to be invited to share with you the release of some of the big names at this awesome crime writing festival. I have been there a couple of times myself and had an outstanding weekend. Everyone is so very friendly, including the writers themselves who mix with the guests.

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The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 17th year, will return to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel on 23-26 July 2020!

Curated by our expert Programming Committee which for this year is helmed by crime fiction titan Ian Rankin and 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.

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Ian Rankin

With the 2020 festival fast approaching, we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such incredible names as: crime fiction queen Martina Cole; the author of “one of the best twenty spy novels of all time” Mick Herron; the American crime author with books read across the world Lisa Gardner; the creator of the beloved Tom Thorne series Mark Billingham; Michael Connelly, the author who has sold over 74 million books; the impressive forensic anthropologist who just happens to be an award-winning crime novelist in her spare time Kathy Reichs; and Elly Griffiths, the accomplished author who chaired our Programming Committee back in 2017.

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Martina Cole                      Mick Herron


Lisa Gardner

Bowled over? Remember, this is in addition to our fresh and exciting hand-picked panels who will be gracing the main stage over the 3-day weekend! With over 100 authors set to appear, you’re bound to find something you like.

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Mark Billingham             Michael Connelly

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Kathy Reichs                  Elly Griffiths


Fancy coming to the Festival this year? The first tier of Weekend Rover and Day Rover tickets will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 4th March 2020. Tickets are expected to be very popular, as such we recommend making sure your online account is set up and ready to go well in advance, alternatively book your Weekend Break Package now!


*** The full programme line-up will be announced on 2nd April 2020***



“The Best Crime Festival in the World and I should know I’ve done them all” Lee Child

“Harrogate is a must. With beautiful locale, smart fans and superb author interaction, it’s one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended” Michael Connelly

“Incredibly well run and such a friendly group of authors and punters” J. S. Monroe

“Turning a small corner of Yorkshire into paradise” Val McDermid

“Amazing Event, great company” Robert Scragg

“There are so many Festivals in the world, but this is the one I keep coming back to” Andrew Taylor

“The crime Festival is the best in the country, and it shows no sign of ever changing” Barry Forshaw

“Famous amongst crime readers all over the world” Ann Cleeves

“It’s the industry must-have” N J Cooper

Find out more at:

·       Website:

·       Facebook: @HarrogateInternationalFestivals

·       Twitter: @HarrogateFest

·       Instagram: @harrogatefestivals

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