Both Friday and Saturday are full days at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and today was not an exception. We had started with Paula Hawkins. There were several interesting events (as always) and I covered several but took time out to blog the first event. I can’t do it all. Also this year has become a family event with two more members arriving during the afternoon. And these relationships matter.

Three special guests for the day with the second one being Tess Gerritson. I left this one to the girls to enjoy as she is a reader that I do not follow.

Then we were at the Authors Dinner with fifteen tables each with a published author. Our lucky writer was Victoria Selma’s and she was great. We listened intently to the clues spoken by authors and we discussed in detail. It’s always a matter of interpretation and we didn’t quite get it right but I do have a copy of the paper feed for future use. So now I have a new writer to follow and her book to read – Truly Darkly Deeply which has been called a twisty psychological thriller that goes to the heart of how and who we love. It sounds a bit deep but I will give it a go.

The third special guest was the ultra successful Michael Connelly, the writer of Bosch and everything that goes with it. Michelle has read all his books and we will go back home with many signed copies of books we brought with us. He is so good to listen and he and Mark Billingham know each other well and so the conversation was seamless and ended too soon. Now to tomorrow and another full day.

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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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