Harrogate Crime Writing Festival Update: Award win & The Big Read

News just in direct from those lovely people at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.

Firstly a very well deserved award:

The Crime Writing Festival’s successful partnership with Theakstons was acknowledged at the Hollis Sponsorship Award’s ceremony last week.

Hundreds of leading lights from the sponsorship industry gathered at The London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square last week for the Hollis Sponsorship Awards 2011. Harrogate International Festival’s CEO Sharon Canavar and Literary Festivals Manager Erica Morris attended, along with Simon Theakston of Theakston’s Brewery, title sponsor of the Crime Festival. The partnership was nominated in two categories and succesfully beat off competition from Shell, AEGON and Johnson & Johnson to take home an award.

The Hollis Sponsorship Awards have been a highlight in the sponsorship calendar for the last 16 years. Each year the number of entries gets bigger and the task of the judges gets tougher. So when the winner was announced it was cheers all round and a toast (ale of course) was raised to the continuing success of the partnership.

Congratulations to the whole team.


And now to:

The Big Read 2011

in partnership with Vintage

The book chosen for the 2011 Festival Big Read is The Talented Mr Ripley by American crime writer Patricia Highsmith. The Talented Mr Ripley is required reading not just for crime lovers, but for all who love a great read. Once you dip into this novel you’ll be hooked by the gripping chase narrative that chronicles each of Tom Ripley’s calculated manoeuvres of self-preservation.

Tom Ripley wants out. He is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life…and he’s willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

Martyn Waites

This year we want to get as many readers as possible across the North of England involved in the UK’s largest crime fiction festival by bringing a little bit of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate to you! Festival Reader-In-Residence Martyn Waites will be touring the North of England to meet readers in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the North East to get your views on Mr Ripley.

Thanks to the generous support of publisher Vintage Books, the Festival will be distributing a limited number of free copies of the Big Read book via our partner libraries in North Yorkshire, Leeds, Lancashire, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.

Reading groups in these areas wishing to take part in the Big Read should contact their local library. Alternatively you can let us know you’d like to take part by filling out our online form. Click here to register your interest in The Big Read. (Sorry, only reading groups located in the areas covered by our partner libraries can request to be considered for an allocation of books!)

If you don’t live in one of the areas covered by our library partners, don’t worry! You can still get involved by joining the discussion online at http://www.bigread.org.uk

Information on exactly when and where our Big Read events will be happening will be posted on the http://www.bigread.org.uk website shortly…

If you don’t already – and you should – then, Follow the Festival.

Here’s all the contact info you need:

email: crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk

phone: +(0)1423 562303

web: http://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime


Keith B Walters


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