Thursday, 16 July 2009

Harrogate - Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival held in Harrogate is now Europe’s biggest crime writing event. This years Festival will be held 23-26 July 2009 and brings together the very best in crime fiction in a series of events, interviews, and panel sessions.

Unlike other literary festivals, the Festival Programming Committee is made up of authors, agents and publishers. And presiding over this year’s murderous mayhem will be the esteemed crime author, Laura Wilson.
The Festival takes place at the historic Crown Hotel in the centre of the beautiful spa town. Rub shoulders at the event with famous crime writers such as George Pelecanos, Val McDermid, Laura Lippman, Simon Kernick, Mark Billingham and Lee Child: a roll call of cool.

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year is also announced at the Festival, the only crime writing award in which the public are able to vote for their favourite long-listed contenders.

The 2009 short-list in full
Death Message – Mark Billingham
The Accident Man – Tom Cain
Bad Luck And Trouble – Lee Child
Gone To Ground – John Harvey
Ritual – Mo Hayder
The Garden of Evil – David Hewson
A Cure For All Diseases – Reginald Hill
The Colour Of Blood – Declan Hughes
Dead Man’s Footsteps – Peter James
Broken Skin – Stuart MacBride
Beneath The Bleeding – Val McDermid
Exit Music – Ian Rankin
Friend Of The Devil – Peter Robinson
Savage Moon – Chris Simms

For full event details click here.