Press Release

Theakston highlights to include Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Ian Rankin

Jul 2, 2020

Harrogate International Festivals unveils its world-class virtual HIF Weekender line-up featuring performances and interviews with best-selling authors, internationally acclaimed musicians, and innovative thinkers. Running from 23-26 July, this cultural celebration coincides with what would have been the legendary long weekend of Harrogate’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, part of the Festival’s cancelled summer season.

Theakston highlights include crime writing royalty Lee Child in conversation with Joseph Finder, Ian Rankin interviewed by NJ Cooper, Mark Billingham celebrating 20 years of Tom Thorne and Val McDermid presenting the genre’s ‘New Blood’ rising stars Deepa Anappara, Jessica Moor, Elizabeth Kay and Trevor Wood, alongside the virtual crowning of the coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020 – plus Steve Mosby will be joined by AA DhandEmma Kavanagh and Amanda Jennings to explore writing in the age of pandemic, and Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste are set to present a virtual version of their popular podcast Two Crime Writers & A Microphone for the weekend. There will be Berwins Salon North talks from Adam Rutherford, Claudia Hammond and Lewis Dartnell; and a stellar series of interviews across the cultural mix including composer Ben Palmer, theatre Maker Stella Duffy, newsreader and presenter John Suchet and author Anthony Horowitz.

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