Val McDermid will be on two panels at the festival.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
21 – 24 July 2011, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, England

Saturday July 23rd 12pm| PANEL DISCUSSION: New Blood
Vampires may still have them feeling faint at the cinema, but at the Festival we’re thirsty for a different kind of fresh blood. Check out the new kids on the block whose heart-stopping talents threaten to stake the old guard. Val McDermid introduces four hot new things on the edge of stellar success, including SJ Watson, one of the first pupils on the Faber Academy Creative Writing Course who has penned the sensational Before I Go To Sleep, Julia Crouch, whose crime debut Cuckoo delivers a gripping psychological thrill, Gordon Ferris, who swapped a successful career in banking after writing his debut, Truth Dare Kill and Melanie McGrath, who with her first crime novel White Heat has revealed an hypnotic new voice.

Saturday 3.30pm| PANEL DISCUSSION: Vice Society
Immoral? Depraved? Degrading? The depiction of sex and vice in crime fiction is always a loaded topic. Do writers who explore the subject exploit the already exploited? Or do they serve an important purpose in illuminating areas too murky for the delicate sensibilities of the mainstream? Authors James McCreet, Val McDermid and Adam Creed are joined by former senior police officer Jackie Malton, the real-life inspiration for Prime Suspect’s, Jane Tennison. Author and journalist SJ Parris chairs.

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