My Brief Encounter with Harrogate International Crime Writing Festival 2013

Nestled in the heart of the Victorian spa town of Harrogate lies the eighteenth century Old Swan Hotel, where Agatha Christie herself stayed in 1926, this year’s host of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.

This is a four day event, running from Thursday to Sunday and, as hubby and I drove the three hours north last Friday amidst the blistering sunshine, I couldn’t help but wonder how much we could fit into the one day that my work and family commitments allowed. The answer? Surprisingly, quite a lot.

Arriving just before lunchtime we took a walk through Harrogate’s tree lined avenues and started with lunch at Betty’s Tea Room, famous for their wild array of cakes and pastries. Ironically Harrogate’s Betty’s was situated at the top of a steep hill on Parliament Street, kind of ‘kill the calories before you eat them’. By the time I reached the top, all I wanted was sugar and lots of it.

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