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J.K. Rowling to Make Exclusive Festival Appearance in Harrogate

18th February 2014

Categories: News

We are delighted to announce that J.K. Rowling, new to the crime genre under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will be on the Harrogate stage with bestselling crime writer Val McDermid for a unique In Conversation event this July, as part of the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

This special event will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 18 July at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, and will be J.K Rowling’s first and only appearance this year as Robert Galbraith.* The Silkworm, featuring the return of private investigator Cormoran Strike, will be published in hardback by Little, Brown on 19 June 2014. McDermid said of Galbraith’s first crime novel – ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’.

Rowling/Galbraith, and McDermid join an already stellar list of names, which includes the likes of Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Lynda LaPlante, Laura Lippman, Peter May, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby and S.J.Watson.  The Festival dates are 17-20 July 2014, so block out these dates and join us for one long criminally good weekend.

Box Office Information

Individual event tickets for all Special Guest events and Weekend Rover tickets will be available to purchase through the box office from Monday 17th March 2014. Make your own handpicked programme, with prices for individual events starting from just £13. Or indulge your criminal tendencies and get great value for money with a Festival Weekend Rover Ticket, which includes delicious lunches at the Old Swan Hotel and a complimentary Festival Goody Bag.

To find out more about on sale dates and how to book tickets please click here.

Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “It’s incredibly exciting for the Festival to host the only scheduled appearance for The Silkworm. The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival is already known as the biggest and best in Europe, and the fact it attracts an exclusive event of this calibre really is testament to that reputation.  Those people who have already bought a Weekend Break Package to the Festival this year will automatically get access to the event. We’re very aware the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival attracts attendees from all over the world, so we have taken measures to safeguard a percentage of tickets for our loyal local audience.”

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