The countdown is on! #TheakstonsCrime @HarrogateFest #PressRelease (unofficial 😂)

I was invited to attend the official programme announcement event in London this year, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. However, I did squeal with excitement when the newsletter dropped in my inbox not too long ago! The line-up in incredible, and I was so excited to see S.E. Lynes and Sue Watson taking part in the murder mystery dinner. Enough waffle from me though… here are the details and you can find the full programme line up HERE. Also make sure you read until the end… exciting stuff to share! 🫣🤔🤐


The full line-up for the 2023 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has been revealed, with Festival Chair Vaseem Khan curating a ground-breaking programme that includes some of the biggest names in crime fiction.

This year’s 20th anniversary programme will see a variety of acclaimed crime and thriller authors discussing the genre and influences on their writing, including Janice Hallett, Shari Lapena, Louise Candlish, Abir Mukherjee, Steve Cavanagh, Elly Griffiths, Ragnar Jónasson, Clare Mackintosh, Mick Herron, Will Dean, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Chris Brookmyre, and many more.

They’ll be joining Special Guests including literary legends Lee Child, Andrew Child, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Lucy Worsley, S. A. Cosby, Val McDermid and Chris Hammer.

This year’s Festival also includes two ‘who dunnit?’ themed author dinners, giving a unique opportunity for crime fans to get to know authors in a fun and informal environment. Richard Armitage, Stuart Neville, David Hewson, Emma Christie, Steph Broadribb, Alex Dahl, Greg Mosse, Leigh Russell, S.E. Lynes, Sue Watson and many others will partake in a murder mystery with a twist.

The all-star line-up of events includes creative workshops, unique author talks and enlightening panels, as well as the return of Val McDermid’s New Blood panel, celebrating four brilliant debut crime writers, and the popular Late-Night Quiz, hosted by Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.

Download the full brochure here and read on to find out how to book your tickets for the world’s  biggest and most prestigious celebration of crime fiction.


My hotel is booked 🙌🏻 I’m now counting down the days and hope to see some of you there. I’ve got my own exciting news about Harrogate to share (no… I’m not on a panel 😂) but I’m sworn to secrecy at the moment. Watch this space!