Cause UK has been providing PR services to the Harrogate International Festivals for 9 years, including the Raworths Literature Festival, Salon North and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival features over 90 authors, our PR continued to position the festival as the biggest celebration of the genre in the world.
We issued key press releases throughout the year.
As well as attracting national media attention in the Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Mirror, Times, Telegraph and BBC Radio 4, it was also claimed by Elle magazine as one of the top six literary festivals, and featured in Women’s Weekly, Good Housekeeping, the Big Issue and in the pages of the official media partner for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Awards – The Radio Times.
We also secured extensive features in the new glossy magazine, Crime Scene.
Award coverage for the shortlist, longlist and the winner announcement was more extensive than ever before.
Former police officer, Clare Mackintosh won the 12th Crime Novel of the Year Award for her debut, I Let You Go. Val McDermid received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction accolade at a ceremony hosted by Mark Lawson.
This year, we built on our relationship with Sunday Times Crime Club, issuing bespoke copy for monthly bulletins, including bespoke competitions, New Blood round-up and first chapters and Awards info.
In addition, we worked to position the Festival as ‘thought leaders’; placing comment pieces early in the year by Lee Child and Kevin Wignall in the Guardian.
We worked with Programming Chair, Peter James and the CWA, to do a survey around the question, If Shakespeare were alive, he’d be a crime writer, tying in the Shakespeare 400 anniversary as a news hook.
The aim of this is to position the festival as a hub of ideas, thought and debate around the genre. Peter’s comment piece was shared over 1,000 times on the Guardian book blog, and generated global debate as far as India.
The event dominated social media reaching 8.2 million Twitter users, with 35.9 million impressions during the week of the festival. JK Rowling, who tweeted her congratulations to Clare Mackintosh and Val McDermid made 15.5m impressions alone on Twitter.
We continued our focus on broadcast media with BBC Front Row, and BBC Look North broadcast live from the event. Programming Chair Peter James created bespoke films at the event for his YouTube channel.
Cause UK delivered close support, from speeches to Event Guide writing, to interviewing authors, setting up broadcast interviews and print features.
Photo credits: Charlotte Graham