If you haven't heard of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
, perhaps you are of a timid nature. No, that word has not been misspelt; it is actually the name of a world famous alcoholic drink
. Well, world famous in Yorkshire, at any rate. As might be suspected, Theakstons is the sponsor, but far from the only sponsor of the world famous Harrogate Festivals
. World famous in the whole world.
Although it is a crime writing festival, crime writing is mostly about murder, the whodunnit
genre, and two of the leading contenders for the star prize this year are Rush Of Blood
and Stolen Souls
Murder mysteries - be they books, TV programmes or films - are part and parcel of our culture. In 1949, a now world famous board game was marketed based on one: Cluedo
. It's all a bit of fun, work out that Mrs Peacock was murdered in the dining room with a candlestick by Colonel Mustard, and you win the game. In real life, murders aren't quite such fun: ask the parents of April Jones
or countless others worldwide.
For those who are still undeterred, the Festival opens tomorrow.