by Jonny on Jul 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Last weekend, five of Transworld’s finest crime writers – Belinda Bauer, Sean Black, Joanne Harris, Simon Kernick and Christopher Fowler – descended upon Harrogate for this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. With 4 TW authors shortlisted for CWA awards and 2 eventual winners announced on the Friday (see more here), it was a very good sign that the rest of the weekend was going to be rather special indeed.
As a Harrogate first-timer (both to the town and the festival) I had only anecdotal evidence of previous festivals through the years recounted by enthusiastic bloggers and fellow publishers to go by. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
The bestselling Simon Kernick was the first Transworld author to appear, taking the stage with 4 other authors on the panel event, ‘Knitting Needles At Dawn’.
The brilliant Joanne Harris – author of the brand-new Blueeyedboy – was tasked with kicking things off on the first day of the weekend, partaking in a solo event on the Saturday morning which delved deep into the darker side of her writing.
Next, crime fans were given the chance to hear the stories of four debut novelists at the ‘New Blood’ event chaired by Val McDermid, one of whom was critically acclaimed author of Blacklands, Belinda Bauer, who also ended up on the CWA Gold Dagger Award shortlist, the winner of which is announced 8th October.
In the ‘How Dark Is Your Noir’ event, fans of the fantastic Bryant and May series were treated to the charms of Christopher Fowler in what was to be a hugely insightful and funny panel event.
And last but certainly not least, Sean Black discussed his latest novel, Deadlock – the latest in the series featuring elite bodyguard Ryan Lock- and showed a packed crowd why he’s one of the new generation of killer thriller writers, in the penultimate event of the weekend, ‘James Bond, Eat Your Heart Out’.
With such a great line-up (and not to mention the wine, curry, canapes and Late Night Quiz Show with Val McDermid and Stuart McBride!) it’s easy to see why so many people flock to Harrogate every year. Now all we have to do is wait another 358 days until the next one…
More pictures from the event coming soon!
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