Harrogate Highlights


Just returned home today after a lovely long weekend in Harrogate at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Despite it being hotter than the sun (especially inside the Old Swan Hotel where the events took place) it was a fantastic weekend. I could go on at length but instead I’ll save us all some time by listing the highlights.

  • Meeting lots of lovely new people, mainly thanks to the lovely Mari Hannah and Agent Stan. There are far too many to mention but they know who they are.
  • Being woken at midnight by a text from Mari Hannah telling me an American editor was looking for me after reading Stolen.
  • The panel about Social Media that almost ended in fisticuffs.
  • Crashing the Random House party and meeting the very lovely writer Kevin Sampson.
  • Discovering new writers including Colette McBeth, Cathi Unsworth and RS Pateman.
  • The very weird and fascinating conversation between Val McDermid and Professor Sue Black (the things you can learn about pubic scalps…)
  • Waiting in a very (very) long queue to see Sarah Millican interview Lee Child (not sure which the queue was for) but discovering it was absolutely worth it.
  • Getting a chance to listen to one of my favourite writers, Kate Atkinson, who was as clever, funny, and interesting as her books. And who also announced she will write a book called “Stalker in a Wheelchair” in the future, based on her own experiences of said stalker.
  • All the free books I was lucky enough to get (despite knowing they will keep me from getting on with my own writing).
  • And, of course, the fabulous dog in the bathroom. Every home should have one.

2 thoughts on “Harrogate Highlights

  1. Great post Rebecca. Lovely to meet you too. Stolen is on my list. (I appreciate that this won’t excite you as much as it being on the US editor’s list). Good luck with that, and with the writing.

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