This is a repeat of a post placed on Face Book by Mary-Ann Dunning about her experiences at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate last week. I wanted, with permission, to show someone else’s enthusiasm for it and the enjoyment she had. There were photos too, of course, because she does that ever so well.

“I think it’s pretty evident that attending Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate is the absolutely best thing we ever do. We’ve had great fun being part of the Edwards family and becoming proxy auntie and uncle to the Hipwell girls. (All mad as a box of frogs 😆) The weekend just got better. ‘Chatted to some great authors. So chuffed to be photographed with the one and only Michael Connelly. When he stood next to me, he said “what do you want me to do?” My mind said “write me in as Harry Bosch’s new side kick!” But my mouth said “just stand there!” 🤦‍♀️ Another missed opportunity 🤷‍♀️ 😫

Abir Mukherjee is shouting us a meal at the Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare. We’ve sat at the same table, 12 years apart! I’d invite Vaseem Khan. The two of them would be the best company at dinner.

Sunday morning came and Lynda La Plante gave us a lively start and my chat afterwards with Denise Mina resulted in her very kindly offering help if I needed for Paradise Rescue Kennels. She was so lovely ( which you’d expect from someone who’s adopted a one eyed Podenco from Spain 😍)

The morning was eventually rounded off with my annual chat with our Boro lass Steph McGovern. She looking flawless and me having just been blown in on a storm, resembled the wreck of the Hesperus. Then all too quickly it was over. We just about survived the Leeds Bradford Airport experience and by 03.00, we were back home and tucked up in bed. Roll on next July!”

What an infectious read!

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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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