Authors including Martina Cole, Mark Billingham and Kathy Reichs will appear at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2020 as special guests as part of the line-up curated by festival programming chair and Rebus author Ian Rankin.
Taking place from 23rd to 26th July at the Old Swan Hotel—the scene of Agatha Christie's mysterious disappearance in 1926—more than 100 authors will take part in the crime fiction festival as it celebrates its 18th year.
Cole will be sharing the stories behind her iconic career; Reichs will introduce her new thriller; and festival favourite Billingham returns to Harrogate to celebrate 20 years of Tom Thorne. Authors Lisa Gardner, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron and Michael Connelly will also appear at the event.
Rankin said: “It is for good reason that Harrogate is so well loved by authors and audiences alike, and the pressure has been on to make sure that this year lives up to its stellar reputation! But working with the Harrogate team has been a joy and we’re incredibly proud of the celebration of crime writing we have in store. Beginning with the announcement of our incredible special guests, the countdown to this year’s legendary long weekend is well and truly on and I can’t wait unveil the rest in April.”
Harrogate International Festivals c.e.o. Sharon Canavar added: “Our mission at Harrogate International Festivals is to present the most unforgettable cultural experiences and year on year Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival continues to surpass all expectations. It has been a delight working with Ian Rankin and we’re thrilled that the 2020 special guest line-up reflects the absolute best in the crime-writing business—we look forward to revealing the full programme.”
The full programme line-up will be announced on 2nd April 2020.
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