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Thursday, July 12th 2007 : "See you in Harrogate?"
Itís that time of year again Ė the middle of July and weíre heading for Harrogate and the crime-writing festival. I love Harrogate. Itís a chance to catch up with old friends, to hear the gossip about writers and publishers and more importantly to meet readers. Some of the regulars have been coming to the festival since it started and I canít wait to see them again.
Iíll be doing my usual stint as reader-in-residence, asking for people to share their favourite crime books and running the book group on Saturday lunchtime. This year weíre talking about Golden Age crime. This is a place where writers, agents, publishers and readers meet on equal terms, so if youíre passionate about Christie or John Dickson Carr, or even if you canít understand what all the fuss is about, come along on Saturday at 1.00pm.
These days there are book groups everywhere Ė in pubs and cafes, libraries and bookshops, prisons and office canteens. If youíd like to set up your own group, but youíre not sure how to start, or youíre already in a book group, but feel itís running out of steam a bit, Iím holding a readersí surgery on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Call in at any time between 2.00 and 4.00 for a chat. Find me by the readersí noticeboard.
And this year Iím actually on a panel! 10.30 on Friday morning, with Stephen Booth, Aline Templeton and Jim Kelly. Hope to see you there.
Posted by Ann at 04:41 PM GMT