Orion's immersive events space The Incident Room will run in tandem with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival's main programme, in an industry first, to deliver exclusive events with some of the publisher's authors including Ian Rankin and Steve Cavanagh.
Launched three years ago in room 166 at The Old Swan Hotel, The Incident Room’s events will this year be held on Friday 19th July in the hotel’s library in order to meet ever increasing demand.
Orion Fiction senior commissioning editor Ben Willis said: "The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing is a highlight in the literary year and, with Orion’s list bursting with bestsellers and exciting new talent, we are perfectly placed to add innovative and engaging events to the world’s biggest crime fiction festival. Last year tickets sold out in 10 minutes and this initiative provided the perfect launch pad for Sunday Times bestselling debut The Silent Patient - we look forward to doing the same with The Wreckage this year."
As well as an "intimate event" with Rankin, the programme will including a live podcast with Cavanagh and Luca Veste, a talk by crime authors on their routes to publication, chaired by Trancy Fenton and Isabel Ashdown will sit down with crime writers to choose their desert island books. Niki Mackay, Elle Croft and Victoria Selman will also discuss the famous Old Swan Agatha Christie disappearance on their live podcast with some special guests.
Orion will also be launching their lead crime debut of 2020, The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley, with a proof giveaway and signing. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, Orion’s 2018 lead crime title, was launched in The Incident Room last year and has since gone on to be a number one New York Times hit and a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK.