Harrogate International Festivals bring us the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival each year, just down the hill at The Old Swan, along with many other festivals & events too. We’re devastated that the crime festival can’t go ahead this year – it’s always a wonderful weekend for the town and we had forty authors pop in to sign books for us last year! Since the festival can’t go ahead as planned Harrogate International Festivals are going virtual with their “HIF Weekender” – a free digital festival on the 23rd-26th July 2020. You can see the programme for this here: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/live-stream/the-hif-weekender/ .
The undisputed ‘Queen of Crime’ Val McDermid has unveiled the hotly tipped ‘New Blood’ authors for 2020, showcasing the year’s best breakout crime writing talent.
Val McDermid said: “I know exactly what I’m looking for on my quest: fresh and distinctive voices, a well-told, convincing story and the almost indefinable sense that these authors all have much more to say… if this year’s debuts share a theme, it is the irresistible and devastating way in which crime fiction shines a light on our times: homelessness, domestic violence, child trafficking and mental health are all dissected with an unflinching gaze. Whilst we can’t gather en masse at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate this year, I hope that readers will enjoy our virtual introduction to these brilliant new writers.”
The unveiling of McDermid’s selection has become one of the most anticipated moments of the publishing calendar, with readers on the lookout to uncover their new favourite author and add the ‘next big thing’ to their bookshelves.
This year’s installment – which formed part of Harrogate International Festival Summer Season – was cancelled, with much sadness, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and so the 2020 ‘New Blood’ showcase will be streamed on the festival’s HIF Player on what would have been the legendary weekender on Saturday 25 July 2020.
Val McDermid will also interviewed by Mark Lawson about the legacy of the New Blood panel, discussing the vital role of the showcase in giving a platform to new writers in the industry and the crime community, and giving a peek behind the scenes into how and why she chooses the books.
See the programme for the virtual festival “HIF Weekender” here: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/live-stream/the-hif-weekender/
The UK and Ireland’s most prestigious crime novel award is unveiled with literary legends and dynamic debuts in contention for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Now in its 16th year, the most coveted prize in crime fiction, presented by Harrogate International Festivals. You can also see the shortlist here: https://imaginedthings.co.uk/product-category/harrogate-international-festivals/theakston-old-peculier-crime-novel-of-the-year/
Though the festival isn’t going ahead this year, we’ve collated a selection of some of our favourite authors who’ve been ivolved in the festival in the past, including some who will be taking part in this year’s digital festival the “HIF Weekender”!
How do you bottle a festival? With difficulty we imagine! Though the “HIF Weekender” will be doing a stirling job of just that. The HIF Weekender is a celebration of the arts, featuring performances and interviews with internationally acclaimed musicians, best-selling authors and innovative thinkers to coincide with what would have been the legendary long weekend of Harrogate’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. The weekend will be completely free to enjoy, but all donations to our arts charity will be gratefully received to help ensure that our future is bright is this uncertain time for arts festivals. Join in online here: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/live-stream/the-hif-weekender/ and click on the image above to see some books we’ve collated linked to the HIF Weekender – an eclectic and interesting selection to behold!
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