The tickets include access to all festival events* from the announcement ceremony for the Crime Novel of the Year award on Thursday night through to the last event on Sunday evening. Throughout the festival you’ll get to see your favourite crime authors in conversation as they discuss all things crime and thriller related. The full line up for this year hasn’t been revealed yet, but as last year we were treated to discussions from the likes of Ann Cleeves and Peter May, Mark Billingham and John Harvey and Robert Galbraith and Val McDermid, to names a few, we’re expecting big things.
So far Arnaldur Indridason and Sara Paretsky have been confirmed as special guests and the news that Scottish authors M. C. Beaton and Fred MacAuley will be discussing their best loved characters at the event – including Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin –was revealed in January. And if you’re nervous about rubbing shoulders with the stars, then we hear indulging in canapés and Yorkshire’s finest Old Peculier ale at the opening award event isn’t a bad way to settle in.
On the Friday and Saturday you’ll be treated to lunch at The Old Swan Hotel, the main venue for the festival. Dating back to 1840 this historic hotel is best known for the famous ‘disappearance’ of Agatha Christie in 1926 which even drew Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L. Sayers into the search. And once the fun is all over, you’ll also take home a complimentary festival goody bag to keep the crime excitement up on the way home.
To enter, simply take part in the final two crime questions for #WHSBookmarks by voting for the best crime book of all time and the best crime author of all time on Facebook and/or Twitter. The winner will be chosen at random once the voting has closed on Friday 13th February.
Further details and terms and conditions can be found below.
*excludes the dinner event on Saturday evening
Please note: This competition has now closed and no further entries will be considered.
Terms and Conditions:
1. No purchase necessary.
2. Participants must be 18 years or over and be a resident of the UK.
3. To be eligible for this draw you must submit the name of your favourite crime/thriller author and/or book.
4. Entries between 04/02/2015 – 12/02/2015 will be counted.
5. The prize is a pair of tickets for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
6. No transport costs or accommodation costs are included in this prize.
7. Four book bundles will be given away to runner ups.
8. The winner will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
9. The winner will be notified within 7 working days of the closing date and will receive their prize within 28 days of the closing date.
10. WHSmith will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the promotional period.
11. The draw is not open to employees of WHSmith.
12. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
13. No prize cash alternative.
14. The Promoters decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. The right is reserved to withdraw or terminate this prize draw at any time.
16. Entries that do not comply with the terms and conditions or entrants found to be abusing the promotion in any way will have all their entries disqualified.
17. The winners may be required to participate in related publicity.
18. The name and county of the winner may be obtained by writing to: WHSmith.co.uk Gift Card Competition, Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3RX.
19. The Promoter is WHSmith High Street Limited (Company Number 06560339) with registered office at Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3RX – please do not send entries to this address.