This year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate turns ten, and to mark the occasion it is taking to the road to bring an early taste of Festival fun to crime writing fans this May and June. Packing its overnight bag for a series of Festivals in miniature, the celebrations will see a range of handpicked local new talents and established crime authors visiting libraries across the North of England.
Since its inception in 2003, the Festival has been committed to supporting the work and careers of new authors, with its annual ‘New Blood’ panel showcasing debut authors. With ‘Crime On Tour’ the Festival will be able further highlight the wealth of new and emerging authors out there, taking the Festival’s successful recipe of live literature events, which aim to be both thought-provoking and exciting, to fresh audiences.
Each ‘Crime on Tour’ event will be hosted by an established UK crime writer with roots in each region. The journey will commence in the city of Leeds on 29 May with Steve Mosby, continuing to York and passing on the baton to Peter Robinson, stopping off in Manchester with host Chris Simms, then to Hull with the Festival’s reader-in-residence Martyn Waites and ending its journey in Newcastle with host Ann Cleeves. Each host author will introduce two up-and-coming northern authors, ones to watch in 2012, with featuring names including David Mark, Danielle Ramsay, Alex Walters and one of the Festival’s Creative Thursday alumnae Mari Hannah. Writers will have the opportunity to discuss their work in front of a friendly and intimate audience, sharing their own success stories and giving crime writing aficionados the opportunity to ask questions and find out first-hand about each author’s travelling road to success.