Rebus author Ian Rankin will be joined by Richard Osman, Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July, the first major literary event to take place physically following the government's expected lifting of restrictions at the end of June.
The line-up also includes Mick Herron, Elly Griffiths and Mark Billingham. The festival will be returning to Agatha Christie’s old haunt, the Old Swan Hotel, in Harrogate from 22nd–25th July. It will also include talks and panels from crime writing royalty, with Clare Mackintosh and C L Taylor in conversation, as well as new voices showcased in McDermid’s New Blood panel.
Rankin, who is curating this year's event, said: "After a year of once-in-a-lifetime challenges, I couldn’t be more excited to stage this celebration of all things crime. With the announcement of our special guests, the countdown is officially on to this year’s festival and I’m looking forward to unveiling what else we have in store."
Chief executive of Harrogate international festivals, Sharon Canavar, added: "The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is a lynchpin in the publishing calendar, an annual pilgrimage for crime fiction aficionados, and we are thrilled to reveal the first taste of this year’s unmissable programme. Harrogate international festivals has long pioneered innovative and unique cultural experiences, and over the course of the past year we have shown great flexibility and creativity to continue with this mission. The team will, of course, carefully monitor developments to government rules and regulations as we look forward to our return to the legendary Old Swan Hotel in July."
Weekend break packages will go on sale on 7th June.
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