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Thursday 17 July
9.00am – 5.30pm Creative Thursday: Crime Fiction Writing
Workshop (see P25)
Festival opens with…
8.00pm Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
and Festival Opening Party

Friday 18 July
9.00am Special Guest: Denise Mina
10.30am The Good Old Days?
12.00pm Turning To Crime
2.00pm In Space, No-one Can Hear You Scream
3.30pm Worst Things Happen At Home
5.00pm Special Guests: Ann Cleeves In Conversation
with Peter May
7.30pm Special Guests: Robert Galbraith In Conversation
with Val McDermid*
10.00pm Let’s Twist Again…

Saturday 19 July
9.00am Special Guest: Lynda La Plante
10.30am Special Guests: Sophie Hannah In Conversation
with S.J. Watson
12.00pm New Blood
1.00pm Readers’ Book Group. See p23 for details.
2.00pm The New Wave Of Forensics
3.30pm How Safe Is Your Smartphone?
5.00pm Special TV Event: Broadchurch
6.15pm Murder Mystery Dinner
8.30pm Special Guests: Laura Lippman In Conversation
with Belinda Bauer
10.00pm Late Night Quiz

Sunday 20 July
10.00am Keeping It Real
11.30am Special Guest: John Harvey interviewed
by Mark Billingham
Key: = event included in Weekend Rover ticket, = event included in Friday Rover ticket,
= event included in Saturday Rover ticket. See p7 for Rover ticket details.
*All events take place at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate with the exception of the
Robert Galbraith/Val McDermid event which will take place at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.
Programme at a glance
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Crime Novel of the Year Partners:
There’s a good reason the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing
Festival is regarded as the liveliest and most exciting event on the
crime fiction calendar.
It’s not that the Festival attracts the best writers from all around the
world, from household names to future stars – although it certainly
does. It’s not the beautiful setting, or the amazing panels covering
every aspect of the genre from print to screen, or the quiz that provokes
fierce competition and laughter in equal measures – although again,
that’s all true. It’s not even simply down to the beer. No, the reason is
that the Festival is friendly and inclusive: a vibrant, open mixture of
readers and writers rubbing shoulders in the events and in the bar, but most of all in
celebration of a genre we all love. Every July, the finest carnival of crime fiction in the
world takes place in Harrogate. We hope you enjoy becoming an important part of that.
Steve Mosby, 2014 Festival Programming Chair
Welcome! Every year, I think the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing
Festival can’t top the last, and yet here I am welcoming in 2014’s
extravaganza that offers a seemingly unbeatable line-up.
I congratulate our Programming Chair, Steve Mosby, and the talented
Programming Committee.
It’s ten years since our special partnership between beer and books began,
and it gives me enormous pride that our support has helped it become
the biggest celebration of the crime genre in Europe, if not the world.
2014 is also a landmark year; with our retail partners, WH Smith, we
celebrate the 10th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.
For those unfamiliar with why the Festival takes its name from our unique and unusual brew,
Old Peculier is named after the Court of the Peculier in Masham. The court was established
in the 12th Century to deal with local misdemeanours.
The beer and crime genre were always a perfect fit. We’ve grown together. Old Peculier
is now one of our most popular ales - Europe, America, Mexico, Brazil and Thailand drink
our curious Yorkshire beer.
Wherever you are from in the world, and whether you’re new to our Festival or a returning
friend, I’d like to raise a glass to you and give you a very warm welcome to the beautiful
Old Swan Hotel.
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the criminally good books, and of course, the beer. Cheers!
Simon Theakston Executive Director, T&R Theakston
Managed and presented by Harrogate International Festivals.
Chief Executive: Sharon Canavar
Literature Festivals Manager: Gemma Rowland, Literature Festivals Co-ordinator: Hannah Jane Copestake
PR: Ann Challenor-Chadwick and Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Cause UK Ltd
Programming Committee: Steve Mosby, Chair. Jane Gregory. David Shelley. NJ Cooper. Val McDermid. David Mark
Special Projects
The Old Swan at Harrogate
Delighted to be hosting the 2014 Crime Writing Festival
Famous as being the bolthole for Agatha Christie, The Old Swan exudes the
romance and mystery of its past. With its stunning ballroom and Wedgwood
Restaurant, it is perfect for all types of meetings and events, from large
weddings and receptions, to board meetings, conferences and product launches.
Enjoy comfortable, contemporary bedrooms, excellent dining, and all the
atmosphere, style and attentive service that befits this elegant Harrogate hotel.
The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SR
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Weekend Break Packages
Make The Perfect Getaway!
Treat yourself to a whole four days at the crime hot spot of the summer by booking a combined ticket
and accommodation package. Stay in one of our specially selected Festival hotels and join over 80 of
the world’s most celebrated crime authors in conversation, in action and in the bar! If you’re not sure
which option will best suit your needs the Festival team will be happy to help and advise.
Weekend Break Packages include:

3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation (17, 18 & 19 July)

Weekend Rover ticket (see below for full details)
Prices start from just £379 per person for double/twin
accommodation, and from only £439 per person for singles.
Tailor-made packages for 1, 2 or 4 nights stay are also available.
Further information can be found online at:
To book or talk through options, call the Festivals Office on
tel: 01423 562 303 or email:
Rover Tickets
Indulge your criminal tendencies and get great value
for money with a Festival Rover ticket:
Weekend Rovers


Access to all Festival events* from 8pm on Thursday 17 July to 12.30pm on Sunday
20 July. Look out for the Weekend Rover symbol next to the events included in your
Weekend Rover ticket.

Delicious lunches at the Old Swan Hotel on Friday and Saturday

A complimentary Festival goody bag
Price: £215 per person
Friday Rover

(18 July) and Saturday Rover

(19 July) tickets are available.
Day Rovers include:

Access to all Festival events* throughout the day. Look out for the Friday Rover

& Saturday Rover

symbols next to the events included in your Day Rover ticket.

A delicious lunch at the Old Swan Hotel

A complimentary Festival goody bag
Price: Friday Rover £72 per person and Saturday Rover £86 per person
How To Book Rover Tickets
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* Rover tickets DO NOT include the following: Creative Thursday (Thu 17 July) and Saturday Night
Dinner (Sat 19 July). Friday Rover tickets DO NOT include the Robert Galbraith/Val McDermid event
and Saturday Rover tickets DO NOT include the Saturday Night Dinner. These events must be booked
separately, please check event listings for details.
Love crime writing. Think
Proud to Support
For book signings and a great range
of crime novels come to the WHSmith stand
located in the tents at The Old Swan Hotel
9.00pm Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year & Outstanding Contribution
to Crime Fiction Awards
10.00am Special Guest Event – Denise Mina
11.30am The Good Old Days?
1.00pm Turning To Crime
3.00pm In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream
4.30pm Worse Things Happen At Home
6.00pm Special Guest Event – Ann Cleeves In Conversation with Peter May
8.30pm Special Guest Event – Robert Galbraith In Conversation with Val McDermid
Please note this event and signing will take place at the Royal Hall
11.00pm Lets Twist Again...
10.00am Special Guest Event – Lynda LaPlante
11.30am Special Guest Event – Sophie Hannah In Conversation with SJ Watson
1.00pm New Blood
3.00pm The New Wave of Forensics
4.30pm How Safe is your Smartphone?
6.00pm Special TV Event – Broadchurch
9.30pm Special Guest Event – Laura Lippman
11.00am Keeping it Real
12.30pm Special Guest Event – John Harvey interviewed by Mark Billingham
Crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the
Year Award returns to highlight the cream of the crop of crime novels published by British
and Irish authors over the last year.
2014 Longlist:
Shortlist Announcement
The names of the six shortlisted titles will be announced on 1 July and YOU - the readers –
will be able to help decide which of the six shortlisted authors will take home the most
coveted title in crime fiction, a prize of £3,000 and a hand-carved Theakstons cask, by
casting your vote online at:
The result of the online vote will be counted alongside the votes of the expert judging
panel in order to determine the 2014 winner.
The Judges
Forming the 2014 judging panel are 2014 Festival Programming Chair Steve Mosby,
WHSmith’s Head of Fiction David Swillman and Executive Director of title sponsor
T&R Theakston Simon Theakston and TV Editor at The Radio Times, Alison Graham.
Nationwide crime spree hits WHSmith!
The 18 longlisted books will be available to buy in WHSmith stores nationwide from
22 May – 19 June, and the 6 shortlisted books will feature in all stores from 3 July –31 July.
Crime Novel of the Year
Rubbernecker Belinda Bauer
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes
Dying Hours Mark Billingham
Like This, For Ever Sharon Bolton
A Wanted Man Lee Child
The Honey Guide Richard Crompton
The Cry Helen Fitzgerald
Dying Fall Elly Griffiths
Until You’re Mine Samantha Hayes
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
Malcolm Mackay
The Chessmen Peter May
I Hear The Sirens In The Street
Adrian McKinty
The Red Road Denise Mina
Ratlines Stuart Neville
Standing in Another Man’s Grave
Ian Rankin
Children of the Revolution
Peter Robinson
Eleven Days Stav Sherez
Weirdo Cathi Unsworth
in partnership with
2014 Award Winner: Denise Mina and title sponsor Simon Theakston
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Theakstons Old Peculier
Crime Novel of the Year Award & Opening Party
Thu 17 July, 8pm | Ticket Price: £16
Welcome to the crime-writing world’s answer to the Oscars with
host, Mark Lawson. The anticipation is worthy of the best nail-
biting thriller – which of the line-up of likely suspects will be
taking home crime fiction’s most hotly-contended and prestigious
award? Steady the nerves with a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale and continue the celebrations
and commiserations after the presentation at the official Festival opening party.
Ticket price includes canapés and glass of wine or Old Peculier.
Special Guest: Denise Mina
Fri 18 July, 9am | Ticket Price: £13
A rising star of ‘Tartan Noir’, Glasgow-born Denise Mina has
been charting the dark underbelly of Scotland since 1998, when
the first of her award-winning Garnethill trilogy was published.
In the years since, her highly-acclaimed Paddy Meehan trilogy
has been dramatised for television, starring Jayd Johnson,
Peter Capaldi and David Morrissey, with her Detective Alex
Morrow novels currently in development. Mina is also a successful playwright and comic
book writer, the latter including the graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon
Tattoo. In 2013, she became the first writer to win the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel
of the Year Award for two consecutive years, with Gods and Beasts and The End of The
Wasp Season. An enormously entertaining speaker, don’t miss this chance to see Mina talk
about her career, in what is sure to be a highlight of this year’s Festival.
The Good Old Days
Fri 18 July, 10.30am | Ticket Price: £10
Getting published used to be straightforward in the old days –
or did it? Recent developments in self-publishing have opened
up new avenues for today’s budding writers to reach their
public and mean that, for some, SAEs and rejection slips are
a thing of the past. We speak to Mark Edwards, Mari Hannah,
James Oswald and Mel Sherratt, four hugely successful authors
who have all forged their own separate paths through the shifting publishing landscape.
Chair Martyn Waites will be acting as gatekeeper.
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Turning To Crime
Fri 18 July, 12pm | Ticket Price: £10
Not all great crime writers begin their careers within the genre.
Sometimes they’re well-established in other areas before
they enter the field. So what is the attraction of the genre?
Why did they decide to write a crime novel? And crucially, now
that they are on crime’s Most Wanted list, how long do they
intend to stay on the run? Mark Lawson, John Niven, Tony Parsons and Sarah Pinborough
talk about their experiences turning to crime, while journalist and arts critic for
The Telegraph Jake Kerridge attempts to keep them off the straight and narrow.
In Space, No-one Can Hear You Scream
Fri 18 July, 2pm | Ticket Price: £10
When is a crime novel not a crime novel? While the genre is
closely associated with the drawing room and the dark alley,
a new generation of writers are finding crime stories in more
unusual places and producing work that laughs in the face of
easy shelving. 2014 programming chair Steve Mosby discusses
cross-genre crime fiction with Lauren Beukes, Sharon Bolton, James Smythe and
Lavie Tidhar, four authors who are blurring the boundaries and confounding the categories.
Worse Things Happen At Home
Fri 18 July, 3.30pm | Ticket Price: £10
Sometimes the places we should feel safest can be the scariest,
the people closest to us the most dangerous of all. What
happens when the familiar world turns on you? Acclaimed
reviewer and author N J Cooper talks to Julia Crouch,
Chris Ewan, Helen FitzGerald and Cath Staincliffe about the
rise of ‘domestic noir’, delving into the psychological depths, exploring family
dynamics, and stumbling on secrets, violence and terror that are often frighteningly
close to home.
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Special Guests:
Ann Cleeves In Conversation with Peter May
Fri 18 July, 5pm | Ticket Price: £13
It is often said that the setting in a novel can become a character
in its own right, and nowhere is that more evident than in Peter
May’s internationally-bestselling Lewis Trilogy, in which the chill
winds and stark, unforgiving landscape of the Outer Hebrides
becomes the backdrop for tales of murder and intrigue. Ann Cleeves, creator of the
phenomenally successful Vera Stanhope novels, dramatised on ITV with Brenda Blethyn in
the title role, has explored similarly bleak territory in her Shetland Island series – but with
nearly fifty novels between them, there is far more to these two wonderful writers than their
most famous creations. Wrap up warm and join them in conversation together, discussing
their diverse bodies of work, along with their settings and inspirations.
Special Guest:
Robert Galbraith In Conversation with Val McDermid
Fri 18 July, 7.30pm | Ticket Price: £18
Please note this event is taking place at The Royal Hall, Harrogate
Mark Billingham said “One of the most unique and compelling
detectives I’ve come across in years”, Alex Gray described the
novel as “one of the best crime novels I’ve ever read”, and Val
McDermid said it reminded her “why I fell in love with crime
fiction in the first place”. But when The Cuckoo’s Calling was first published, none of them
knew that its author was not what he seemed. When it was revealed that Robert Galbraith
was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most successful and beloved
authors, there was a media storm and Rowling’s assured, superb crime debut rocketed
up the charts. This year, the book’s compelling detective, Cormoran Strike returns in
The Silkworm*. In this exclusive appearance, Rowling will talk about turning to crime with
the Galbraith books with early fan Val McDermid. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to
see these two highly-acclaimed novelists on stage together.
Let’s Twist Again
Fri 18 July, 10pm | Ticket Price: £10
Plot twists are a staple of the crime genre, but how essential are
they and what makes for a really memorable one? Alex Barclay,
Simon Kernick, S J Parris and Nick Stone discuss how important
and effective a last-minute (or midway) reversal can be, how they
go about developing the rug-pulls in their own fiction, and some
of their favourite famous twists and turns. 2014 Programming
Chair Steve Mosby will be trying to keep up and shout out the spoiler warnings.
*J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith will be signing copies of The Silkworm after the event. In order to allow
as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to one copy only
and no dedications.
Ranging from Golden Age
mysteries and short stories, to
thrillers, cosy crime and detective
fiction, Bello’s extensive ebook and
print-on-demand list celebrates
the entire history of the genre
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Special Guest: lynda La Plante
Sat 19 July, 9am | Ticket Price: £13
A prolific novelist and screenwriter, Lynda La Plante CBE’s
breakthrough came in 1983 with the television series Widows. Her
award-winning career since includes a string of best-selling novels
and hit shows, such as Trial and Retribution and – of course –
Prime Suspect, which introduced the public to the instantly iconic
and hugely influential character of Helen Mirren’s Detective Jane
Tennison. Famous for her meticulous research, in 2013 La Plante became the first non-scientist
to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship with the Forensic Science Society, while this year she
announced plans to return to her most famous character in the novel Tennison, a prequel to
the Prime Suspect series. Lynda will be ‘in conversation’ discussing her career and her latest
book Twisted with Callum Sutherland, Vice President of the Forensic Science Society.
Special Guests:
Sophie Hannah in Conversation with S.J. Watson
Sat 19 July, 10.30am | Ticket Price: £13
In 2006, award-winning poet Sophie Hannah turned her hand to crime
fiction with Little Face, which introduced the world to detectives Charlie
Zailer and Simon Waterhouse. There have been eight novels since, and the
rest is history. It’s an appropriate term, as each story has concentrated as
much on exploring the hidden past of its heroine as it has on the recurring
police protagonists. Perhaps that’s a fitting contrast with the main character
of S J Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, who can only remember events for
a single day at a time. Watson’s brilliantly-crafted and internationally-
bestselling debut has won numerous awards, while a forthcoming film,
starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, can only expand its audience and acclaim. Prepare to
delve deep as two of the brightest new stars in psychological crime fiction attempt to get into
each other’s heads and see what makes them tick.
New Blood
Sat 19 July, 12pm | Ticket Price: £10
Always a highlight of the Festival, the New Blood panel provides
a showcase for some of the year’s most outstanding debut
crime novels, and Queen of Crime Val McDermid has once again
personally selected four brilliant new writers. Ray Celestin,
Eva Dolan, Helen Giltrow and Nicola White will be joining
Val to discuss their inspirations, aspirations and – of course – their
extraordinary first novels. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover the stars of
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The New Wave Of Forensics
Sat 19 July, 2pm | Ticket Price: £10
Modern methods of detection have transformed the crime
genre, and readers are a savvy bunch – so how vital is research
for today’s crime writers, and how do they go about it?
David Hewson, of The Killing fame, talks to Dave Barclay,
Paul Finch, Elizabeth Haynes and Tony Thompson about
their experiences with forensics, gangsters and police procedure, how they approach
their material, the differences between fact and fiction, and how important it really is to
get the details right.
How Safe Is Your Smartphone?
Sat 19 July, 3.30pm | Ticket Price: £10
From Wikileaks to Edward Snowden, the public has been given
glimpses into a world of international espionage that increasingly
resembles the most hi-tech of thrillers, raising issues of privacy,
security and trust. Chair Hilary Bonner asks Charles Cumming,
Terry Hayes, Alan Judd and Tom Wood, four writers of
globe-trotting, spy-filled thrillers, to discuss their work, their research,
and how they maintain their fictional footing on such ever-advancing
technological terrain.
Special TV Panel: Broadchurch
Sat 19 July, 5pm | Ticket Price: £11
Who killed 11-year-old Danny Latimer? It was the question
on the lips of millions in 2013, as the award-winning television
series Broadchurch (Kudos/Imaginary Friends) kept the
country enthralled across eight superb episodes. While the
detailed depiction of the police investigation was riveting,
the series also explored the interlocking lives of a close-
knit seaside community brimming with dark and tragic secrets – secrets we
couldn’t wait to see spilled. We talk to creator, writer and executive producer
Chris Chibnall, and stars Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker, about the phenomenal
success of the programme, and novelist Erin Kelly, who has the enviable task of bringing
this onscreen triumph to the page in Broadchurch: The Official Novel. The event will
be chaired by Alison Graham, TV Editor at The Radio Times.
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Murder Mystery Dinner
Sat 19 July, 6.15pm | Ticket Price: £30
Festival favourite Ann Cleeves is the author behind the bestselling
Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez series, which have been
successfully adapted for television with ITV’s Vera and BBC
One’s Shetland. Join Ann as she hosts a Shetland themed murder
mystery dinner, set in the universe of her bestselling Jimmy Perez
series. She’ll be helped by a star-studded roster of crime writing
talent as table hosts, who will mingle with your table and serve as your trusty team captains.
Join Parker Bilal, Jane Casey, Paul Cornell, Eva Dolan, Steven Dunne, Jason Goodwin, Sarah
Hilary, Antonia Hodgson, Anya Lipska, Craig Robertson, Kevin Sampson, Luca veste, Tom Vowler,
Louise Welsh and Lucie Whitehouse at our infamous murder mystery dinner.
Special Guest: Laura Lippman in Conversation with
Belinda Bauer
Sat 19 July, 8.30pm | Ticket Price: £13
Get ready to delve into the minds of two former journalists turned
award-winning novelists. With a career including 12 years at the
Baltimore Sun, Laura Lippman is now one of the most acclaimed
novelists in America today. Since the publication of What The Dead
Know each of her hardcovers has hit the New York Times bestseller list.
She has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction and is a recent
recipient of the first ever mayor’s prize. She lives in Baltimore, New
Orleans and New York City with her family. After I’m Gone is Laura’s
nineteenth novel. Belinda Bauer worked for a reporter for a news
agency before her first novel, Blacklands, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the
Year. Her fourth novel, Rubbernecker, has been hailed for taking the psychological thriller
into new territory, and her latest is the brilliant The Facts of Life and Death, out now.
Late Night Quiz
Sat 19 July, 10pm | Ticket Price: £10
We’re not saying it gets deadly serious, but there are quizzes and
then there’s the legendary Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing
Festival quiz. Hugely popular and hotly contested, it’s a chance to
test your knowledge of crime trivia from pseudonyms to theme
tunes against authors, publishers, agents, and fellow crime fans.
Quiz masters and Celebrity Mastermind winners Mark Billingham
and Val McDermid ask the questions to determine who will be waving aloft the genre’s
most coveted cup.
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Keeping It Real
Sun 20 July, 10am | Ticket Price: £10
We all enjoy crime fiction as entertainment, but the effects of
real life crime are frequently all-too devastating. In basing
stories on real life events, when does escapism become
exploitation, and how do we know? Chris Carter, Stuart Neville,
Stav Sherez and Tim Weaver discuss their approach to violence
in the genre, their concerns over where to draw the line, and
the responsibilities that come with keeping it real. Festival Reader-In-Residence
David Mark helps them navigate such tricky ethical territory.
Special Guest:
John Harvey interviewed by Mark Billingham
Sun 20 July, 11.30am | Ticket Price: £13
They say that everyone has a book in them, but John Harvey has
had more than a hundred. Born in 1938, this highly- acclaimed
writer has been publishing for nearly forty years, including
novelisations, poetry, westerns and crime, picking up several
major awards along the way, including the CWA Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s
Contribution to the crime genre. His most famous creation, DI Charlie Resnick, first
appeared in 1989’s Lonely Hearts, which was named by The Times as one of the
hundred greatest crime novels of the century. This year will see Resnick’s swan song
in the highly-anticipated Darkness, Darkness. Join us to see an undeniable elder
statesman of the crime genre talking to Mark Billingham about his distinguished career
and how it feels to bid a final farewell to such a beloved character.
Readers’ Book Group
Sat 19 July, 1pm | FREE
Festival Reader-In-Residence David Mark joins readers on a Big
Read adventure, exploring the iconic A Place Of Execution by
Val McDermid, this year’s official Festival Big Read title. David
Mark debuted at Harrogate on the 2012 New Blood panel with
his breakthrough crime novel, Dark Winter. He has been a
journalist for over fifteen years, including seven years as a crime reporter. Join David at
this free readers’ event as he explores McDermid’s monstrous tale of deception.
Find out more about the 2014 Big Read book A Place Of Execution on page 27.
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Creative Thursday
A day-long crime fiction creative writing workshop
The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s creative
writing course for aspiring writers. Creative Thursday gives you
the chance to hone your novel and short story writing skills with
a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by bestselling crime
writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts.
Thursday 17 July, 9am – 5.30pm | £109 per person
Intensive Writing Workshop:
Last Orders - How To Create A Murderer
This exercise-based workshop with award-winning crime novelist, Guardian
crime fiction reviewer and Guardian/UEA Masterclass tutor Laura Wilson
will show you, with the aid of a series of unusual photographic prompts, how
to create memorable, psychologically complex villains with plausible motives.
Intensive Writing Workshop: Getting Started
A lively, practical workshop with bestselling novelist and Arvon creative
writing tutor Melanie McGrath, focusing on exercises to get you started on
your crime idea. Learn how to come up with original story scenarios hand in
hand with developing believable characters then develop your scenarios into
full length stories through an understanding of classic story structure.
Modern Day Detective
Knowing the complexity, the procedure and the associated pressure of
running a modern day investigation, as well as the culture of the police,
will really give that edgy realism and intensity to your writing. Join leading
detective trainer Ian Sales, who will put you through your paces in this
highly interactive session.
The Dragons’ Pen: Dare you enter?
Four brilliant publishing professionals. Two minutes to convince them your
synopsis and first chapter are worth reading. One audience full of your fellow
would-be writers. Our literary version of the popular TV show, the Dragons’
Den, is not for the faint-hearted.
The 2014 panel of Dragons comprises literary agents Jane Gregory of Gregory & Company
and Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group and publishers Katherine Armstrong of Faber
& Faber and Bill Scott-Kerr of Transworld.
Places to pitch to the Dragons are limited due to time restrictions.
Register your interest upon booking to be in with a chance to pitch.
For full programme details visit:
To book a place, call the Festivals Office on, tel: 01423 562 303
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In 2014 The Big Read is inviting you to discover A Place Of Execution by
the Queen of crime fiction Val McDermid, encouraging as many people as
possible to read this riveting psychological thriller over the Summer.
The Book
A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological suspense thriller that
uniquely explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered
narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not
know. A monstrous tale of deception, the technique of the telling is the greatest deception of all.
The Author
Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid is a Number One bestseller, translated into more than 30
languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide. She has written
26 bestselling novels; Cross and Burn – her latest novel – is her 27th.
The popular ITV series Wire in the Blood, based on McDermid’s books and starring Robson Green
as Tony Hill, ran for an impressive six series. A 3-part ITV drama of Val’s A Place of Execution was
broadcast in the autumn of 2007 to great critical acclaim and won the 2010 Edgar Award for Best
The Events
Festival Reader-In-Residence David Mark will be hosting Big Read discussion events in libraries across
the North of England. Come along, meet fellow readers and join in the lively debate!
Mon 9 June Newcastle City Library 2pm
Roseberry Library, Billingham 6pm
Tue 10 June Wakefield Library and Museum 2pm
Birstall Library, Kirklees 7.30pm
Wed 11 June Rivers Meet Café, Methley, Leeds 7pm
Thu 12 June Birtley Library, Gateshead 11am
Whitley Bay Library, North Tyneside 2pm
South Shields Library, South Tyneside 6pm
Fri 13 June Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester 2pm
Fri 13 June Knaresborough Library, North Yorks 7.30pm
Booking is essential for all events. Visit
for details on how to book for the event of your choice.
Can’t make the events? Join the discussion online at!
Thanks to the generous support of our publishing partner Harper Collins, the Festival will be
distributing a limited number of free copies of the Big Read book via our partner library services in
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Stockton-On-Tees, Manchester, Newcastle,
North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Middlesbrough.
Reading groups in those areas wanting to take part in the Big Read should email for more information.
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The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, launched in 2012, has become the hot
ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names
in beautifully intimate settings.
Hosted over a long weekend in the Edwardian grandeur of Harrogate’s St George
Hotel, you’ll experience inspiring talks and stimulating debate – all in a convivial
atmosphere. Socialise with fellow book lovers, relax in style, and soak up our
eclectic programme designed to entertain, and inspire.
Come for a day-long experience, dip into one-off events, or indulge in the whole
Thursday 10 July | St George Hotel | 6.30pm
Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Cold: Extreme Adventures
at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth
Sir Ranulph Fiennes (OBE) has spent much of his life
exploring and working in conditions of extreme cold. Dubbed
as ‘the world’s greatest explorer’, Fiennes takes us on a
journey through his latest book Cold. Historically questioning
and intensely personal, Cold is a celebration of a life dedicated to researching and
exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on earth.
Tickets: £18 Unreserved
Friday 11 July | St George Hotel | 12pm
Raworths Literary Lunch
in association with Yorkshire Life
Join us for a delicious three course lunch at the St George
Hotel. Lunch and speeches will commence from 12 noon
with the opportunity to meet those featured for a book
signing at 3.00pm. Speakers to include BBC Presenter
Kirsty Wark, who has been an anchor on Newsnight for
over fourteen years, comedy writer David Nobbs, creator of
the unforgettable character Reginald Perrin, and journalist,
author and political commentator Nick Cohen.
Tickets: £35 including lunch
Saturday 12 July | St George Hotel | 12pm
DCI Banks From Page to Screen
Much loved TV drama DCI Banks, based on the
internationally-successful novels by Peter Robinson,
returned to our screens for a third series on ITV in February
2014. Produced by award-winning indie Left Bank Pictures
and starring Stephen Tompkinson as the eponymous
hero, Andrea Lowe as DS Cabbot and Caroline Catz as
DI Morton. In this unique event we join best-selling author Peter Robinson,
as he discusses watching the world of DCI Banks move from page to screen with
none other than actor Stephen Tompkinson. The two will be joined by executive
producer Gabriel Silver from Left Bank Pictures.
Tickets: £15 Unreserved
In association with
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Harrogate International Festivals independent Box
Office offers a great range of ticket booking options,
and ensures you receive a personal service from the
Festivals Team.
How To Book
Phone: 01423 562 303
In Person: Harrogate International Festivals, 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DB
*Please note our new address
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Payment: Harrogate International Festivals Box Office accepts all major credit/debit
cards (except American Express), cash and cheques. Cheques should be
made payable to ‘Harrogate International Festivals’.
For full terms and conditions, please visit our website.
Harrogate International Festivals Town Centre Box Office:
From Tuesday – Sunday from 24 June, you can also buy tickets in person
from the Festivals Town Centre Box Office, Victoria Shopping Centre
Piazza, opp. Train Station. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-3pm.
Tickets on the door:
Tickets will be available to purchase from the Festival desk in the foyer of
the Old Swan Hotel from Thu 17 – Sun 20 July, subject to availability.
Be aware events can sell out in advance. Early booking is recommended.
Refunds: The Box Office cannot refund money or exchange tickets except in the
case of an event cancellation.
Concessions: Concessions are available for under 18s, students in full time education
and those receiving unemployment benefits. Appropriate identification
must be provided. May not be used in conjunction with any other offers.
A large print version of the event guide can be ordered
by calling 01423 562 303.
Box Offce & Booking Information
Saturday 12 July | St George Hotel | 5pm
Mark Watson:
Hotel Alpha: A Story Behind Every Door
Mark Watson is the author of four acclaimed novels and is
also a stand-up comedian, well-known for his appearances
on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week.
His highly original live shows consistently delight audiences
and critics alike the world over. Mark will discuss his latest
release Hotel Alpha, his most ambitious and accomplished novel to date.
Tickets: £15 Unreserved
Saturday 12 July | St George Hotel | 6.30pm
Jay Rayner:
A Greedy Man In A Hungry World
“The doctrine of local food is dead and farmers markets are
merely a lifestyle choice for the affluent middle classes.”
Restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner
combines hard-nosed reporting with witty memoir to
take you on a journey through the world’s edible landscape. From debunking
a supermarket trolley full of myths to shooting the food world’s most cherished
sacred cows, this talk will change the way you shop, cook and eat forever.

Tickets: £18 Unreserved
Sunday 13 July | St George Hotel | 4pm
Rock Stars Stole My Life: Mark Ellen
Interviewed by Mark Billingham
Acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Mark Ellen talks to
crime-writer Mark Billingham about his ‘big bad love affair
with music’. To celebrate the publication of his fantastic
new memoir Rock Stars Stole My Life, Mark will talk about
working on Smash Hits, the NME, Radio 1, the legendary Old
Grey Whistle Test and, of course, as presenter of Live Aid,
which took place 29 years ago to the day.
He will reveal which rock stars were the most ‘difficult’,
which one was stark naked during an interview and may
even demonstrate the dance moves of the former university
band-mate who went on to become Prime Minister!
Tickets: £13 Unreserved
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Venue address: Old Swan Hotel,
Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR
Alternative venue address (Robert
Galbraith/Val McDermid event):
The Royal Hall, Ripon Rd, Harrogate,
North Yorkshire, HG1 2RD
Parking: Parking is available at the Old
Swan Hotel on a first come first served
basis. There is also metered on street
parking available nearby.
Seating: Seating for all events at the Old
Swan Hotel is unreserved. The Robert
Galbraith/Val McDermid event includes
reserved seating at The Royal Hall.
Customers with disabilities: All venues
are accessible by wheelchair. Special
provisions can be arranged for visitors
with disabilities, please call the Festival
Office on tel: 01423 562303.
Photography & Recording: The use of
photographic, video or audio equipment is
strictly prohibited.
Festival Bookstore: WHSmith will provide
a Festival bookstore at the Old Swan Hotel
and The Royal Hall and will host book
signings after each event. See P8 for the
full signing schedule.
All information shown in this event guide is correct at time of going to press. Harrogate International Festivals
reserves the right to make such alterations as may become necessary.
Harrogate International Festivals is a registered charity, no. 244861
Celebrating Historical Writing
23 - 26 October 2014
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Join us for the second year of our innovative new Festival to meet,
discuss and celebrate the authors and genre of historical writing,
both fiction and non-fiction.
2014 Programme Featuring:
Bernard Cornwell, Peter Snow
Elizabeth Chadwick, James Naughtie
Conn Iggulden, Simon Schama
Sandi Toksvig
More names and events
to be announced soon…
Join our mailing list at to stay up
to date with the latest Harrogate History Festival news!
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Harrogate International Spring Sunday Series
(January – April)
International chamber concert series.
Harrogate Children’s Festival (May-June)
A unique Children’s Festival featuring arts, music,
science and literature.
Spiegeltent (May-June)
An eclectic programme of jazz, cabaret and dance
music & family friendly events.
Harrogate Festival (July)
Yorkshire’s leading international arts festival held
throughout July.
Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival (July)
Celebrating great writing by bringing best-selling
authors, influential politicians, comedians and stars
of the stage to share their stories with as wide an
audience as possible.
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
The Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the
world achieving huge positive media coverage; in
2013 there were over 60 million opportunities to
read about the Festival.
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
(April – July)
Prestigious national literary prize in partnership
with WH Smith and libraries nationwide.
Harrogate International Young Musicians: Autumn
Series (September – October)
Young musicians concert series showcasing some
of the brightest rising stars in classical, jazz, folk
and world music.
Harrogate History Festival (October)
Celebrating the authors and genre of historical
writing, this unique weekend allows readers and
writers to meet, discuss and discover historical
writing from fact through to fiction.
Reach Out: Year-Round Engagement (January –
A year-round programme of events and
engagement including Salon North and a wide-
ranging programme of community engagement,
creative learning and advocacy presented for a
broad range of audiences:
• Musical Mums – Weekly singing project for
teenage parents and their babies, using music as
a means of encouraging positive activity between
mothers and babies.
In partnership with NYMAZ.
• Musical Villages – Half-term world music
delivery across the rural areas of the District,
targeted at mono-cultural and rural areas. In
partnership with NYMAZ.
• Big Read – The Big Read project increases links
across the region beween libraries and reading
groups, creating new readers.
• Little Read – Working with schools; providing
support, training and opportunities to meet authors
to support the National Curriculum & increase
engagement in literacy with young people.
• Kids, Spies & PIs – Using the theme of crime
investigation to engage children and young people
in reading, specifically reluctant readers.
• Reader in Residence – Supports our ongoing
literacy delivery and the Festivals “You’re Booked”
website to create a national hub for aspiring writers
and readers.
• Young Musicians in Residence –
A programme of activity featuring live performance
in unusual and unexpected places. Working with
local, young musicians and creating a platform for
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