Today – Thursday 16th July 2015 – is the launch of this year’s crime fiction festival which opens with the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. This criminally intriguing event is welcomed once again by avid UK readers, with previous guests including renowned authors, such as Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Dennis Lehane and J.K Rowling.
It is no wonder fans are flocking to Harrogate following the previous year’s success: 13,500 tickets were sold in 2014, with 90 authors in attendance and 30 events to choose from over the course of the four day event. “The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 13th year, is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere. It is ranked as one of the top three literary festivals in the UK by The Guardian, and featured in The Independent’s ‘The 50 Best Festivals’.” – Simon Theakston, Executive Director, T&R Theakston.
Nordic Noir fans can look forward to the ‘Millennium – She’s Back!’ – a panel which discusses the best-selling Millennium trilogy of books The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, as well as the next instalment written by David Lagercrantz due out in August. The discussion is chaired by Mark Lawson, who is joined by “Scandi-crime connoisseur” Barry Forshaw, critic NJ Cooper and Stieg Larsson’s publisher, Christopher MacLehose, and Eva Gedin; Larsson’s original editor and publisher from Norstedts.
‘Special Guest: Arnaldur Indriðason’s interviewed by Barry Forshaw’ is another Scandi-treat on the menu. Forshaw, who recently opened the Nordicana 2015 festival and moderated one of the audience Q&As with the cast of The Legacy’, speaks to the Icelandic author whose novels featuring recurring characters Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli have won him the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger. Indriðason’s acclaim speaks volumes in his native country: “By the summer of 2003, his crime novels occupied the top five spots in the Icelandic bestseller list and the following year his books made up seven of the ten most borrowed from the Reykjavik library.”
The 2015 festival takes place from 16th– 19th July 2015 at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate.