The Killing Times at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2016

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crime-logo-e1434622076626Yes, it’s that time of year where I pack my bags and head northwards to the beautiful Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate to partake in a bit of crime. Not that kind of crime – of course not – but the kind of crime we all like – crime stories. This year, as ever, there’s an impressive roster of crime writers featuring in some really great-sounding panel sessions. I’ll be there from tomorrow, blogging the whole thing and trying to bring you as much of the experience as possible. So who’s on and what am I most looking forward to?

Even though this is a crime drama website, the visual expression of crime stories go hand in hand with the written form. In many ways one cannot exist without the other. There are plenty of really good crime fiction sites out there (see our blog roll for starters), but once or twice a year I try to bring you the best from these festivals – after all, you never know which novel we’ll see on our screens in the future.

So what’s on this year?

Friend of the site Sarah Hilary won last year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and this year’s ceremony, featuring another friend of the site, Eva Dolan, takes place tomorrow night. (We’ll be rootin’ and a tootin’ for Eva.)

Then the fun and games start early on Friday morning, when Mark Billingham interviews Linwood Barclay, and that’s followed by You Couldn’t Make It Up, Or Could You? (with Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett and authors Sharon Bolton, Mari Hannah and the excellent Ysra Sigurdardottir and then Domestic Suspense – The Killer Behind The Front Door (with Julia Crouch, Helen Fitzgerald, Paula Hawkins, Clare Mackintosh and Alex Marwood). That’s followed by Is The Legacy Of The Golden Age Still Alive? with Simon Brett, Frances Brody, Ann Granger, Catriona McPherson and Ruth Ware. Later that afternoon, From Book To Stage And Screen featuring playwright Shaun McKenna and actors Robert Daws and Jamie Lomas. Friday ends with Val McDermid being interviewed by Susan Calman and The Hard Yards with Sophie Hannah, Simon Kernick, Laura Lippman, Martyn Waites and Laura Wilson.

Saturday starts with Jeffery Deaver being interviewed by Mark Lawson, while Val McDermid’s New Blood (always a highlight) panel session sees Martin Holmen (Clinch), JS Law(Tenacity) Beth Lewis (The Wolf Road) and Abir Mukherjee (A Rising Man) take their places on stagePierre Lemaitre, Bernard Minier and SJ Parris talk about France Noir, and then Martina Cole is interviewed by Peter James. Tess Gerritsen rounds off the day.

So they’re the things I’m most looking forward to. It should be another great weekend.

If you see me, come and say hello!

 

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