McDermid picks four for Harrogate

News - Festivals Friday, 17 March 2017

Val McDermid selects four debut novelists to join her New Blood panel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Hosted by the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and sponsor, HW Fisher, at Carmelite House last night, the New Blood Drinks Reception, featured authors from across the crime genre who have a debut coming in 2017.

Revealed on the night were the four authors picked by Val McDermid to feature at the Festival’s 2017 New Blood panel. Since 2004, McDermid has hosted her annual New Blood panel at the festival.

Val’s 2017 New Blood authors were revealed as: Fiona Cummins, Rattle; Jane Harper, The Dry; Joseph Knox, Sirens; Kristen Lepionka, The Last Place You Look.

McDermid said: "I have the best job in the world of crime fiction. Almost every year since the event began more than a decade ago, I have chaired the New Blood panel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Some people might be daunted by the prospect of working their way through fifty-plus novels, but I was a fan of crime fiction long before I was a published author – and I’m as excited now as I was then to discover new talent to keep me reading into the small hours."

New Blood authors Val has picked to date include SJ Watson, Stuart MacBride, Clare Mackintosh, Belinda Bauer and Dreda Say Mitchell. Dreda said: "Being invited onto the New Blood panel hosted by the amazing and legendary Val McDermid was one of the key springboards that launched my career."

Pictured: Joseph Knox

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