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Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, 2005

A Word From Chris High

2005 was the third year for the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, which is growing ever more popular and prestigious.

Click here to visit the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival website for more information

The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, 2005

 

The many authors, agents, distributors and publishers here were all so accessible, friendly and patient; the fantastic organisation behind the event, overseen by William Culver-Dodds and his wonderful team, ensured that everything ran to plan in the fittingly grand surroundings of The Cedar Court Hotel.

This is Europe's biggest Crime Writing festival, which this year attracted names such as Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Mark Billingham, Simon Kernick, Stella Duffy, John Sandford, Martin Edwards, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, Tom Bradby, Cath Staincliffe, Anthony Horowitz, Stuart Pawson, Ann Cleeves, Reginald Hill and Natasha Cooper. There was also space for new authors Stuart McBride, Louise Anderson, Catherine Sampson and Ilona van Mil, whereas authors from Europe who have only recently had their work translated into English, Kjersti Scheen of Norway and Gianrico Carofiglio of Italy, were also given a forum that was greeted with great enthusiasm.

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Mark Billingham
 
Kathy Reichs
 
Val McDermid speaks

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Michael Connelly with Mark Lawson
 
Simon Kernick
 
Kathy Reichs

In future, The Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is set to grow as authors and industry insiders clamour to be included. Based on the evidence of this weekend, the years ahead look nothing but bright and those involved in its organisation and creation should be justly proud of their achievements.

For Chris's articles and interviews relating to the festival please see www.writersnews.co.uk

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK BILLINGHAM !

The winner of the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award 2005 was Mark Billingham.

Mark first came to prominence as a novelist with the first of his DI Tom Thorne novels, Sleepyhead, published in 2001.

A promo picture of author Mark Billingham winner of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2005

He beat off strong competition to claim the prestigious prize with his book entitled Lazy Bones.

Festival Director, William Culver Dodds, said; “We are thrilled to announce Mark Billingham as the winner of the first ever Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. The response from the public has been fantastic and is reflected in the number of votes received. We congratulate him on his win, it is well deserved and we eagerly await the next installment of the series.”

For an in-depth fan view of Crime Fiction and of the Harrogate 2005 Crime Writing Festival, visit Rhian Davies Blog at -
http://itsacrime.typepad.com/its_a_crime_or_a_mystery/

The other best-selling Authors who were nominated in 2005 for this award were:

  Mark Billingham - best-selling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

  

Kathy Reichs has written novels as well as technical books on anthropology and forensics. Her novels have been translated in 30 languages. Her first novel 'Déjà Dead' won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

For her first event in the UK in a number of years, Kathy will be appearing at Harrogate discussing how her work as a forensic anthropologist, and her own passion for archaeology, has driven her work - Sunday 24th July at 11.30am BOOK ONLINE
Kathy Reichs - a short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Cross Bones' by Chris High

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