Catch Val at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 16 – 20 July

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Date: Wednesday 16 – 20 July 2014
Time: various times – see opposite
Place: Harrogate, Yorkshire UK
Cost: see ticket prices


Old peculier Crime Writing Festival 2014

J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith in conversation with Val McDermid

Friday 18th July 2014 

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: Robert Galbraith in Conversation with Val McDermid

7.30pm | SOLD OUT *

(Please note, Weekend Rover tickets include access to this event. Please call 01423 562303 for more information on how to book a Weekend Rover Ticket)

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.

Sponsored by: Little, Brown Book Group


New Blood

Saturday 19th July 2014 

12pm | Tickets £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 tomorrow.

Sponsored by: HW Fisher & Company



Late Night Quiz

Saturday 19th July 2014  

10pm | Tickets £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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