Award-winning crime novelist Denise Mina will chair the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival this year.
She will oversee a program featuring Lynda La Plante, Paula Hawkins, Michael Connelly, Val McDermid and Charlie Higson, among others.
Authors such as Tess Gerritsen, Michael Connelly, Lucy Foley, John Connolly, CL Taylor and Kathy Reichs will also make an appearance at the festival which takes place July 21-24 at Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel. It is part of the year-round curated portfolio of the charity Harrogate International Festivals.
Mina will discuss with La Plante, while elsewhere Hawkins, the author of the world phenomenon The girl on The train (DoubleDay), will appear in a conversation with mystery writer and critic NJ Cooper. Connolly will discuss The Furies (Hodder & Stoughton), the 22nd book in her award-winning Charlie Parker series, while Kathy Reichs will present Cold, cold bones (S&S), the latest installment in the famous Temperance Brennan series. McDermid will once again host his New Blood panel, featuring four early mystery writers to watch.
Connelly, author of the international hit series Harry Bosch and Lincoln’s lawyer (Orion), will return to the festival to participate in a conversation with festival stalwart Mark Billingham. Gerritsen will arrive from the United States to discuss his writing career while Foley and Taylor talk about their new books. Channel 4 journalist and broadcaster Steph McGovern will hear from actor and author Higson about his new mystery novel, Anything that gets you through the night (Small, Brown Group.)
“The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is the biggest detective writing event of the year, so it’s a real honor to chair it, work with the programming committee and have the chance to attend all the exciting events,” Mina said. “After the hardships and trials of the past two years, we all look forward to all writers and readers meeting again in Harrogate.”
Sharon Canavar, Managing Director of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “Each year, Harrogate International Festivals aims to provide crime novel fans with the chance to hear the genre’s best writers speak and this year’s lineup is no exception. It has been wonderful working with Denise, seeing the fantastic lineup she has curated for this year’s festival, featuring legends of detective fiction alongside some of the most exciting new talent in the field. We look forward to announcing the full program in the coming months and sharing the exciting weekend we have planned for our attendees.
Simon Theakston, Executive Director of Theakston, added: “We are very proud to once again be major sponsors of the world’s best detective writing festival. Crime fiction has never been more popular, and we can’t wait to hear world-class authors discuss all aspects of whodunit and thriller writing.
Mina is known for the Tartan Noir Garnethill trilogy, as well as her Alex Morrow and Paddy Meehan series. The latter was adapted into a BBC television drama. In addition to her 14 novels, Mina writes short stories, plays, and graphic novels, presents on television and radio, and hosts masterclasses in detective writing. His nomination for the presidency succeeds Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Lee Child.