Apologies for the delay in this second Theakston’s crime writing festival post. I know I said it would be on Tuesday but my hopeless EDS body decided it would take precedence and crash for a couple of days and it did it in style. But, I’m back now!
So, where were we?
That’s right, we finished on Friday night with the very lovely ‘Robert Galbraith.’
Saturday saw me drinking lots of tea in the wonderful marquee on the front lawn of the Old Swan. Perfect for giving attendees that little more room as the festival grows in fans. It also was the morning of the “selfie”, where I attempted to get photo’s of myself with as many people as I could. I always walk away from these events with nothing to remind myself of them, so this year was going to be different. See below for a smattering of said pics.
Then, before leaving the tent, I passed the Dead Good Book stand with Mel Sherratt and PamReader and we were asked if we wanted to try the lucky dip and possibly win some sweets. Well, as I’d been hassling the Dead Good Book stand all morning – they are great people! – and I do love some sweets, I stuck my hand into the suitcase filled with what looked like black shredded paper and was told I was fishing for a bone. Well, look what was attached to my bone! ( I had to read it three times before I started squealing!)
Next up was the Broadchurch panel. Yes, the TV show Broadchurch was starring in the Old Swan. We had the writer, Chris Chibnall, Jodie Wittaker who played Beth Latimer and Olivia Coleman (any introductions needed?) Also on the panel was Erin Kelly who had written the book of Broadchurch. She and Chris stated they had a lot of fun working together and some of the characters were able to be expanded upon more in the book than television allowed. So, all you book lovers – one up for you!
There was a great moment when Olivia was asked a question and she looked at Chris for help and said she couldn’t remember what she was allowed to say and what lies she had told who! There has been a great deal of secrecy over the first series of Broadchurch which worked really well on the UK audience and took off brilliantly and has now got so much attention, the team feel the paparazzi are intrusive and rude as they take long lens photographs of them even when they are doing costume changes.
During audience questions, Olivia was asked what it was like to work with David Tennant and she replied “He’s gorgeous, funny and can do a chin-up!” What more does a girl need?
As this post appears to have gone on for so long, I shall finish the Harrogate line up off on Saturday. Tomorrow returns to the First Draft Questions.