Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – UPDATE.

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                         21 – 24 July 2011
28 May 2011
Dear Crime Fan


In this newsletter…

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Programming Chair Dreda Say Mitchell will lead one of the Creative Thursday workshops
  • Looking to hone your creative writing skills? Places are still available for this year’s Creative Thursday, a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by bestselling crime writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts.
  • To celebrate the announcement of the long-list for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, the Daily Mirror and Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate are running anexclusive competition giving one lucky winner the chance to help decide which book will ultimately scoop this prestigious award. You’re just a few clicks away from entering to become an Award Judge! Read on…
  • The Festival’s 2011 Big Read hit the road on Monday and it has been one fun filled and fast paced week of enthralling reader debates on the intriguing Mr Ripley. This year’s programme is bigger than ever and with six events to follow next week, there’s still time to join the debate!

Best wishes,

The Festival Team

In this newsletter…
Limited number of places still available for Creative Thursday
Become an Award Judge of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
The Big Read continues with events May 31 – June 2

Book now for Creative Thursday

Stuart MacBride
Stuart MacBride

NJ Cooper
NJ Cooper

Places on Creative Thursday are being snapped up, so book soon to secure your place on this year’s exciting creative writing course. Hone your novel and short story writing skills with a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by bestselling crime writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

The day will run from 9am – 5.30pm on Thursday 21st Julyand places are now available to book for the price of £99 (including lunch at the Old Swan Hotel).

The programme includes:

  • Intensive Writing Workshop with Stuart MacBride &Allan Guthrie.
  • Intensive Writing Workshop with Dreda Say Mitchell.
  • Getting to Yes: Submission Letters & Synopseswith NJ Cooper & Selina Walker of Transworld Publishers.
  • The Dragons’ Pen – Four brilliant publishing professionals. Two minutes to convince them your synopsis and first chapter are worth reading. One audience full of your fellow would-be-writers. Our literary version of the popular TV show, the Dragons’ Den, is not for the faint-hearted.
    Our 2011 Dragons are agents Jane Gregory of Gregory & Company and Luigi Bonomi of Bonomi Associates, and publishers Wayne Brookes of Pan Macmillan and Selina Walkerof Transworld Publishers.

2011 Alibi New Crime Writer CompAll Creative Thursday participants will also be       invited to ‘alibi’s Search For A New Crime Writer: Winner’s Reception’ which will run from 6pm.

The full programme is available to view now on
our website. Click here for your complete guide
to Creative Thursday 2011.

To book your place please call the Festival Office on 01423 562303

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Enter our incredible competition to become an Award Judge for the day

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Votes are coming in thick and fast for who you think should make the

short-list for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.If you’ve not cast your vote yet, you can do so

To celebrate the announcement of the long-list,Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing FestivalDaily Mirror logo have teamed up with the Daily Mirror to bring you an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a judge of a leading book prize.

The winner will sit on the judging panel for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, one of the most coveted awards in UK crime fiction, as a representative of UK readers. The panel of judges includes this year’s Festival chair Dreda Say Mitchell, the journalist and novelist Henry Sutton, andSimon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.

The prize also includes a Weekend Break Package for two people to attend the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, 21-24 July, and see the 2011 Award presented to the winner they helped choose.

So how do you enter? Visit and answer the simple question. Closing date for entries is 6pm, Sunday 5th June 2011. One lucky winner will be picked at random from the correct entries. Good luck!

Come and share your thoughts on The Talented Mr Ripley 

 The Talented Mr Ripley - book cover

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.

The Big Read and Mr Ripley made their first stop in Bramley on Monday, followed by a lively trail of events in Skipton, Ripon, Yeadon, North Shields, Leyburn and Knaresborough. Festival Reader-in-Residence Martyn Waites takes to the road again next week, to bring some of Ripley’s Italian Riviera to more libraries across the North of England. Come along, meet fellow readers and join us for questions of morality, identity and lively debate!


Tue 31 May, 2.30pm Northallerton Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9506

Wed 1 June, 2pm, Kenton Library. Tickets FREE.

Tel. 0191 2774 100

Wed 1 June, 7.30pm, South Shield Central Library. Tickets £1. Tel. 0191 4247879

Thu 2 June, 10am, Hebburn Library. Tickets Free.

 Tel. 0191 4247879

Thu 2 June, 2pm, East End Library. Tickets FREE.

Tel. 0191 2774100

Thu 2 June, 6pm, City Library. Tickets FREE.

Tel. 0191 2774100

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