Give Away 


Thursday 21 July - Sunday 24 July 2022

Thanks for visiting my website! I absolutely love the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. It's the highlight of my year and a great opportunity to meet other authors. 

This year, in memory of my dad, who passed away in July 2021 and who was kind and generous to many people throughout his life, I'm giving away a weekend package to the festival for a writer or author (published or unpublished) who hasn't been before and who would love to go, but circumstances such as cost haven't made it possible for them to attend.  

I've tried to give all the information I think you'll need below, but if you do have any questions, please get in touch by email to


What's included in this give away

  • 3 nights accommodation Bed and Breakfast at The Cairn Hotel for one person (2 minutes walk from the venue and a short distance into town;

  • Classic Rover Ticket allowing access to all the panel events (includes lunch on Friday & Saturday)

  • Access to the site including bars, bookshop and signings;

  • First opportunity to access tickets to exclusive on site publisher events;

  • Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival goody bag

For more information on the weekend package and hotel click here: 

Who this giveaway is for

I first attended the festival in 2019. I'd wanted to attend in previous years but first and foremost I didn't have the money to go, and there was also a part of me that thought I shouldn't attend because I didn't have a book deal yet, which I needn't have worried about. Lots of writers (published and unpublished) at every stage of the process attend the event, and not just crime writers either. 


I'd like to give this weekend package to someone who deserves it. Someone who is slogging away at writing their books (whether unpublished, published or self published), who would love to go, but hasn't yet because of the cost and other factors. 


You can enter for yourself or you can nominate someone who you feel deserves it (please check that they're able to go first). 


What if I don't know anyone going? 

The two things I would say to that question is that the festival is a very friendly place, and secondly, I would suggest reaching out on Twitter or whatever social media platform you use. You won't be the only one who hasn't been before and it's a great way to make friends before and during the event. Following hashtags such as #HarrogateBound and #Theakstonscrime is a good way to connect with other people going


I'd love to meet for a coffee on the Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and say a quick hi, although this is completely optional. 


How to enter  

It's very simple. Email me at with all the below information by 14th February 2022 and I'll get in touch by email on or before the 1st March if you've been chosen. (Please note: I will keep all of the information I receive completely confidential. I won't be announcing the person I choose on social media. You are welcome to announce it if you wish)


In your email, please include:

  • A little about you and why you'd like to attend the festival for the first time, and why you're applying;

  • A little about your writing, what you're writing and how long you've been writing for.

If you're nominating someone else then please include as much as as you can about the person and why you're nominating them.