This post is intended to be a compendium of posts reflecting on – or riffing off – this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. It’s probably a long way from being exhaustive, so if I’ve missed anything obvious then let me know (either by email (my address is up above) or preferably in the comments below) and I’ll keep updating the post with new stuff as and when.
At crimefictionlover, Craig Robertson lists 16 wonderful things about the Festival.
William Sutton has his say here (and includes possibly the most rock n roll photo of Stav Sherez I’ve ever seen).
My Yorkshire Post interview now includes a video of various authors talking about the Festival at the Festival.
Naturally, a lot of the coverage has focused on the J K Rowling event. Here is Vicky Newham’s write-up. Here is Erin Mitchell‘s report on the evening. And here is Julia Byers with an enthusiastic and totally lovely description of the event. Her excitement is contagious.
Here’s Mari Hannah’s take on the weekend, which includes the somewhat unnerving phrase “Steve Mosby cake”.
Alexandra Solokoff describes the differences between Harrogate and a US convention.
Lots of papers covered the Thursday night award ceremony. Here’s the Guardian, in which I call Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker “a really special book”, because it totally is.
Helen Smith’s take on the Festival.
Susi Holliday enjoyed the weekend, and had an additional reason to be excited about being there.
L M Steel has a comprehensive take on the Friday and Saturday here.
Graham Smith has a round-up of the Festival here, which includes interviews with John Harvey and me.
Lucy Cameron also had a thoroughly excellent time this year.
As did K A Laity.
And here‘s a round-up on acrimereadersblog
Tamsyn Murray reports on the weekend here.
Fenris Oswin was the official photographer at the Festival, and has made lots of wonderful photographs of various events available online here.
Pam McIlroy has an excellent summary of the weekend here, and also manages to sum up exactly how I felt the whole time!
Eileen Wharton had a fantastic weekend, and (like a great many people) especially enjoyed the brilliant Lynda La Plante.
The fabulous Mel Sherratt reflects on her first panel appearance at Harrogate – no hiccups! – and her experience of the weekend as a whole here.
Lloyd Paige talks about the Sophie Hannah and S J Watson event here.
The weekend also resulted in a few ‘debate’ pieces in the media, which I’ll list separately.
Charles Cumming talks about technology and the modern spy thriller.
And Rosie Claverton makes some good points about crime fiction’s attitude to mental health issues here.
Again: if I’ve missed something, feel free to let me know – either by email or below the line. Cheers.