"The programme is in place now, and we have a terrific line up of authors and stellar interviewers: Jenni Murray will be interviewing Val McDermid; Mark Lawson will take on Frederick Forsyth; Paul Blezard will talk to Lee Child; and Laura Lippman will cross-question Harlan Coben. With more than fifty other fantastic crime writers discussing everything from Country Matters and Crime in the City to Snobbery with Violence, and Secrets, Spies and Foreign Affairs the scene is set for a great time."and from the Festival website:
"Val McDermid who will be in conversation with Jenni Murray, Lee Child is set to be interviewed by Paul Blezard and Frederick Forsyth will be discussing his characters and crime fiction with BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter and Arts Journalist, Mark Lawson.The full programme is due to be posted shortly.
Other events include Harlan Coben who will be in conversation with Laura Lippman. Panel discussions will include the hilarious What Really Gets Me Going covering the panel’s lives, loves, crime writing and other people’s novels and Plumbing The Depths getting to the bottom of psychological crime. Plus Daphne du Maurier Centenary Panel, which celebrates the centenary of Daphne Du Maurier’s birth.
Firm Festival favourites also include, New Blood, championing new authors, as well as the hysterical Foul Play and the Late Night Quiz Show, which, in fine tradition will be hosted by our present Programming Chair Natasha Cooper and the 2008 Programming Chair, Simon Kernick.
The 2007 Festival also sees the announcement of the 3rd Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the only literary award of its kind to be voted for by readers. Won in 2006 by Val McDermid for The Torment of Others. The shortlisted authors will be interviewed on Thurs 19th July in a panel chaired by Jenni Murray, followed by the announcement of the winner at 8.30pm.
The Theakston’s Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival takes place at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate from 19 – 22 July 2007. Accommodation and Weekend Rover ticket packages are available now on 01423 562303. Individual tickets and Day Passes available from April 2007.