Best 5 events to see at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. (0111057k)
The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. (0111057k)

It’s the biggest and best event for crime fiction writers and their fans in the world - the chance to see and question leading international authors face to face - and it starts in Harrogate today, Thursday, July 16.

With so many great things on at this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, here’s the Harrogate Advertiser’s guide to what not to miss at the Old Swan Hotel.

Top 5 events to go to

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (July 16-19)

To be honest, every single crime writing event at the Old Swan Hotel is worth seeing but we recommend the folllowing in particular:

1. July 16: Creative Thursday

Learn to write with the master writers of crime themselves over a whole day.

2. July 17: Mark Billingham in Conversation with Eddie Izzard.

Need we say more?

3. July 17: Sarah Paretsky in conversation with Val McDermid

The US originator of female private eye VI Warshawski talks to the UK originator of Wire in the Blood.

4. July 18: TV panel with Sally Wainwright

Meet the creator of hit TV shows Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey.

5. July 19: Celebrating Patricia Highsmith

It’s the 60th anniversary of Highsmith’s greatest character, the attractive psychopath Tom Ripley and a panel of authors and experts will be discussing her legacy.