Reading groups invited to sign up for crime fiction festival

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Reading groups around North Yorkshire are being invited to sign up for a Big Read as part of the UK’s largest fiction festival.

The Theakston’s Old Peculier Criming Writing Festival’s Big Read is back by popular demand. This year it will focus on “The Talented Mr Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith and thanks to generous support from publisher, Vintage, reading groups can take advantage of a supply of books for free.

In addition, in partnership with North Yorkshire’s libraries, the writer Martyn Waites will be touring libraries to hold discussions about writing with the reading groups and other interested individuals.

Martyn Waites was born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Before becoming a writer of hard-hitting contemporary crime fiction, he worked as a barman, trader, stand up comic and as an actor.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Libraries said: “The Big Read has become a major part of the crime writing festival and we are delighted that Martyn Waites will be touring our libraries to give reading groups that additional insight into the genre.”

The discussion events will take place as follows:

Mon 23 May, 2.30pm, Masham Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9522

Tue 24 May, 2pm, Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9538

Tue 24 May, 7.30pm, Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9524

Thu 26 May, 10.30am, Library. Tickets £3. Tel 0845 034 9520

Thu 26 May, 2.30pm, Leyburn Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9505

Thu 26 May, 7.30pm, Knaresborough Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 300 5112

Tue 31 May, 2.30pm, Northallerton Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9506

Tue 31 May, 7.30pm, Library. Tickets £3. Tel. 0845 034 9525

Advance booking is essential. To find out more about the Big Read please visit the website

For information about the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival please contact:

International Festival

Raglan House

Raglan Street


North Yorkshire


Tel: 01423 562303

Fax: 01423 521264

For general enquiries E-mail:


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