Theakstone’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival 2023 – 20th – 23rd July, Harrogate

This year’s festival, taking place from 20th-23rd July in Harrogate, will be chaired by multi-award-winning crime writer Vaseem Khan, who has curated a programme featuring some of the biggest and most exciting names in crime fiction and thriller writing. Special guests on this year’s incredible line-up include: festival favourite and author of the much-loved Vera series Ann Cleeves, while festival co-founder Val McDermid will open the 2023 Festival with an unmissable in conversation event, as well as hosting the highly anticipated showcase of the four debut crime writers to watch in the New Blood panel. Two global bestselling thriller writers join forces as Lisa Jewell will introduce her new nail-biting suspense None of This is True with author of The It Girl and In A Dark, Dark Wood Ruth Ware; Southern noir author of international hit Razorblade Tears S. A. Cosby and mastermind behind young detective Nell Buchanan Chris Hammer will be in conversation; historian Lucy Worsley will be revealing more about the life of the Queen of Crime and former resident of the Old Swan Hotel, Agatha Christie; crime writing brothers, Lee Child and Andrew Child will discuss collaborating on the iconic Jack Reacher, and Jeffery Deaver, author of the bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series will be returning to the festival to talk about the latest Colter Shaw thriller, Hunting Time.

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