First Evening at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival


It’s started and it is so good to see the lawn of the Old Swan swarming with people. We collected our weekend passes and bags of books and a can of Old Peculier – the usual present from Theakston. The photograph shows it better than I can describe.

We love the new shop of Imagined Things in a fantastic location in the town and we wish them every success. You can’t miss it because that pale blue paint shows up so well.

Yesterday evening Mick Herron with Slough House was the winner. And again there was a special recommendation for True Crime Stories by Joseph Knox. I have commented before and now I must have another look and get to grips with the way this book is formatted.

For Michelle the only thing that really mattered was Michael Connelly being lauded by the organizers with a Life Time Achievement Award. I have seen him interviewed before and he impresses. Val McDermid said all the right things and led the singing of ‘happy birthday’ as this event coincided with his birthday.

If you haven’t see Bosch or read any of the books, then perhaps you ought to.

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John Edwards

Farm labourer’s son and rural boy from Herefordshire where he was surrounded by beauty and love. Took himself off to London where he worked for 33 years, but the countryside never left him. Rurality came to him again in Cornwall and now in Alicante, Spain. There to appreciate the wildlife. Abhors waste, the indiscriminate use of plastic and its wanton disposal into our oceans. A follower of Raptor Persecution and a desire to eliminate the callous killing of everything to support pheasant and grouse shooting. They kill so much that is a joy for me to see. On a lighter note an avid follower of his home town football team, Hereford FC and Gloucester Rugby.

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