I realised last week that I never did a blog post about our weekend at Theakstons Crime at Harrogate in July so I figured I’d do up a little post about it now that I am getting back to blogging!
I had never been to Harrogate, but I used to spend the weekend glued to Twitter watching everyone else’s experiences when it was on in previous years. So when last year’s one was done, I immediately booked the weekend for me and my husband to go it this year, and it was the BEST weekend!
We flew over on the Thursday afternoon, so we made it over to The Old Swan that evening to get our bearings and see what was happening, and we ended up staying there until well after midnight because I managed to meet some of the lovely bloggers and authors I’ve been friends with online! 🙂
I genuinely can’t name everyone that I met, because the weekend is just a blur of people and books, but EVERYONE was so lovely. It was really nice to be able to put faces to names (or Twitter handles) as well after chatting online with them for the past few years.
Lee Child was the programme chair, and I am a HUGE LC fan, so I essentially lost my mind every time I saw him. It was impossible not to feel starstruck to be honest, and the great thing is, he’s actually a really nice man. Which made asking him for a photo that little bit easier, even though I am screaming inside! I was also lucky enough to get a proof of Past Tense, the next Reacher novel!
We only booked one panel for the whole weekend, as when everything went on sale the majority was sold out, but I was delighted to get tickets to Matt Wesolowski’s “Write What You Know” panel on the Saturday afternoon. Again, I’m not shy in shouting about Matt on Twitter, but I couldn’t quite work up the courage to speak to him. So Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books and my crafty husband ambushed me with Matt quite unexpectedly, thereby leaving me speechless again, haha! Honestly though, it was great to be able to meet him, and he signed Hydra for me too 🙂
I didn’t feel like we missed anything by not going to all the panels, and to be honest, we spent the majority of the time outside or in the tents catching up with various authors, bloggers and publishing people. This was a great opportunity to chat with people and do a little author stalking too because I may never get the chance to meet them again. I hope I do, obviously, but you never know!
One of the absolute highlights of the weekend was FINALLY getting to meet Ellen Devonport. Yes, you read that right, I had never actually met Ellen until Harrogate this year, even thought we’ve been online friends for years!!!
There was a lot to take in at Harrogate, a lot of books, a lot of activity, and plenty of banter! My husband had a great time too, beer tents are his fave, and I’ll never forget him taking Ellen’s phone and going up to loads of authors and taking photos with them for her to see when she came back! He even snagged Val McDermid! VAL MCDERMID!!!
Special mentions for meeting also have to go to the supremely gorgeous (and super tall) Jack Jordan, truly lovely Holly Seddon, my fave Tom Bale, and Elizabeth Haynes who I burst into tears upon meeting because she is the reason I started reading and I just got so overwhelmed! 😍
It was a great weekend. I’d highly recommend it if you like crime fiction, and even if not, because it is just loads of fun. I can’t condense it all into this post because there were so many great moments, and memories to last a lifetime. I can’t wait to do it all again next year….
I took enough photos though, so here’s how Harrogate 2018 went for us:
I’m sure I have more photos, but I have no idea where they are, so these will have to do 🙂
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, book people are the best ❤