Physical events to return at Theakston crime writing festival

Physical events to return at Theakston crime writing festival

Organisers of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival have confirmed live events will go ahead later this year, after the government unveiled its roadmap out of lockdown.

Taking place in Harrogate from 22nd to 25th July, the festival will celebrate a return to physical events. In 2020 it was forced to cancel the festival, alongside its wider summer season, as the arts charity moved events online. 

Fans can expect a range of live author talks, panels and special guests, as well as some hybrid events to ensure that audiences who are unable to travel can access the festival.

A programme curated by programming chair and author Ian Rankin alongside the festival committee and the Harrogate International Festivals team will soon be unveiled. 

Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, said: ‘‘While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be extremely dynamic, with rules and regulations changing constantly, the government roadmap suggested a return to normal by this summer. We are adapting and evolving our plans to be able to deliver a safe and agile Festival in line with the government regulations at the time, with additional safety measures where necessary, while also ensuring the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival retains the iconic feel that has ensured its place as the most successful crime writing festival in the world.

"We remain optimistic about the year ahead and like people across the UK, we are very much looking forward to the return of live events."

The full author line-up, and ticket on sale dates for the festival will be announced in the coming months. More information can be found at which will be updated regularly.