Friday, 19 August 2016

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

We're pleased to publicise a fellow crime writing festival that's taking place next month.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is gearing up for this year’s Noirwich – the annual crime writing festival organised in partnership with UEA and Dead Good Books, which will run from Thu 15-Sun 18 September. This year the festival will welcome international bestsellers Ian Rankin, Peter James, Charlie Higson, Sophie Hannah and many more.

As usual, they will be hosting a series of author events and crime writing masterclasses, as well as the spine-tingling Bloody Brunch set in the Dragon Hall.

You can find more information on this year’s programme here: https://noirwich.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Join us for Shelley Day's Newcastle book launch!

We’re thrilled to be part of this fab crime fiction event happening next month at Waterstones Book Shop in Newcastle! Can’t wait to interview author Shelley Day on the publication of her debut novel, The Confession of Stella Moon, published by Saraband.

Where? Newcastle Waterstones
When? Wednesday 13th July 19:00 - 21:00

Tickets available in store:
https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/newcastle-emerson-ch


The Confession of Stella Moon (Paperback)

Stella Moon is a murderess. Upon her released from prison in 1977, she returns ‘home’ – a decaying, deserted boarding house choked with weeds and foreboding. Memories of strange rituals, gruesome secrets and shame hang heavy in the air, exerting a brooding power over young Stella Moon. She is eager to restart her life, but first she must confront the ghosts of her macabre family history and her own shocking crime. Guilt, paranoia and manipulation have woven a tangled web of truth and lies. All is ambiguous. Of only one thing is she certain...

“A timely and intelligent book. This work has passion, insight and a real understanding of both risk and mercy, Shelley Day delicately explores the tangled layers of family grief and guilt and what it is to be a daughter.” – AL Kennedy

“Shelley Day’s voice is exciting and unique ... and her fiction thematically rich.” – Jackie Kay MBE

SHORTLISTED, Dundee International Book Prize
WINNER, The Andrea Badenoch Prize


About Shelley Day
Shelley Day has been a family, criminal and litigation lawyer, a psychologist and research professor who has headed academic departments and research centres at leading universities and authored many publications on family psychology. She began writing fiction in 2007 and her short stories have appeared in anthologies, online and in newspapers and magazines, including New Writing Scotland. The Confession of Stella Moon, her first novel, won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship when it was still a work in progress.


Here are links to Shelley Day’s Website & Facebook page:
https://shelleyday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Shelley-Day-Author-1649675385297734/


About Contraband
Contraband – the crime fiction imprint from Saraband – publishes an eclectic range of crime, mystery and thriller writing, ranging from pacy detective stories to intriguing enigmas. Saraband – the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year – publishes both fiction and non-fiction. Renowned as an innovator in digital publishing.
www.saraband.net

Friday, 27 May 2016

Noir at the Bar - More crime writing fun in Newcastle

Noir at the Bar comes to Newcastle for the first time on Wednesday, 1st June, but the concept has been around for about eight years. Peter Rosovsky started Noir at the Bar in Philadelphia in 2008 with Jed Ayres and Scott Phillips starting the second chapter in St Louis. Since then, N@tB has appeared all over the US including Brooklyn, Seattle and LA. 

Glasgow hosted the first UK N@tB thanks to Jay Stringer and in March this year, Carlisle becoming the first place in England to host this event. Now, it’s the turn of the North East. 
Regardless of where it’s held, Noir at the Bar is about collecting readers and writers of crime fiction in all of its guises, putting them together in a bar and letting them mingle. Depending on which Noir at the Bar you visit, the set-up can vary. The Newcastle event will feature a host of authors – both new and established – reading snippets of their work. There’s no requirement to be published in order to read at N@tB, similarly guests can read anything so, even if they’ve had a book published, they can read from their Work in Progress if they like. 

In-keeping with the spirit of the event, the organisers hope to create a community of writers and readers. Writing doesn’t tend to be a particularly social aspect but we’ve found that writers actually relish socialising, especially with people who appreciate their work. Noir at the Bar hopes to provide an opportunity for readers and writers to talk to one another as well as listen to some work.  
There’ll also be the opportunity for writers who aren’t on the bill to enter the wildcard round. One lucky reader’s name will be drawn at random and they will close the evening with their reading. 

When picking the line-up for our initial foray into N@tB, Victoria Watson asked writers she was familiar with from the region as well as inviting Tess Makovesky and Graham Smith, who appeared at Noir at the Bar Carlisle in March, to pass on the torch. 

The great response so far shows that there is a thriving community of readers and writers of noir in the North East. It’s been so popular that they’re already booking guests for Noir at the Bar NE #2

Noir at the Bar is happening on Wednesday, June 1st at the Town Wall pub (Pink Lane, Newcastle). It starts at 7pm but space is limited so get there early to ensure you don’t miss out!

When talking about this event, please use the hashtag #noiratthebarNE

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 - Review

We were extremely happy with the way Newcastle Noir 2016 went, but it seems like we're not the only ones. Here's a number of wonderful reviews from The Book Trail, Frances Brody, Nordic Noir and Brew & Books:

http://www.thebooktrail.com/newcastle-noir-2016/

http://francesbrody.co.uk/blog/newcastle-noir-at-the-litphil/

https://nordicnoirblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/newcastle-noir-friends-in-the-north/

https://bookandbrew.net/2016/05/07/proper-brew-the-enduring-thrill-of-a-page-turner/

We're extremely grateful for the opinions expressed here and other feedback we've received. If there are any other reviews out there, do please let us know, we'd love to share them.

We'll be meeting up again very soon to start planning for Newcastle Noir 2017. Who knows what delights will be in store for us next year...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 - a crime fiction festival to remember!

A week ago today we were caught up in the buzz that was Newcastle Noir 2016!! What an amazing weekend we had bringing together crime fiction authors and readers. Against the most fitting backdrop of Newcastle's Lit & Phil library, 40 local, national, and international authors (see the programme).

We'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to all those who took part and who helped make this event such a success. There'll be a much more detailed write up coming soon, but for now it's safe to say that given the fun we had this year, we'll be back for Newcastle Noir 2017!

And here is a sneak preview of the gorgeous pictures taken by Donna-Lisa Healy!




Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Time for Crime: Writing Workshop with Valerie Laws, 26th April 6-8, Lit & Phil

A gathering of assorted people intent on murder, in the Lit and Phil, on a wet snowy night - it could be the start of a Golden Age crime novel, and who knows, several novels and stories may emerge from the twenty writers who attended my Workshop last night. 
 
The old massively-carved tables had been arranged in a long line, as if some League of Assassins were expected. Some attendees had dabbled, or tried, crime fiction, and others were hesitating on the brink of villainy, as I assigned writing exercises to produce Chandleresque 'first lines' to grab the reader by the throat, to create villains, and to evolve their detective protagonists who might become as famed as Vera, Lord Peter Wimsey or Jack Reacher. 
 
I was not slow to remind them of one of the joys of crime writing, REVENGE! on school bullies, cheating exes and abusive bosses. 'Favourite tip tonight "Murder them horribly"' posted one on facebook later, one who may need to be silenced... bwahahahaha!   
 
Valerie Laws

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 is upon us!


As our fringe events begin this week, the excitement is mounting and we look forward to a cracking criminal weekend in the company of some amazing local, national and international crime writers. Click here to see the line up!!!

There are still a few tickets left for certain panels, you can book directly online at Eventbrite, you can go to the Lit & Phil in person or you can call them on 0191 232 0192.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Calling all Ruth Rendell / Barbara Vine fans

Ruth Heholt (Falmouth University), Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University) and Gina Wisker (Brighton University) are editing a special issue of Contemporary Women's Writing Journal (Oxford University Press) on Ruth Rendell who died last year.

The purpose of the issue is to raise the profile of a writer (writing as either Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine) whose work we feel has been unjustly neglected by scholars and to re-evaluate her importance as a contemporary crime writer.

We are looking for crime writers to informally discuss her work, her impact and her legacy and these discussions will be written up in the journal. This could either be answering questions via email, or participating in a (closed, invite-only) web forum.

If you would like to participate (and it would really help us out if you could!) please email me at: ruth.heholt@falmouth.ac.uk 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 (25th April-1st May)

We're almost there!!!! In a week's time the Newcastle Noir 2016 Fringe Events will be underway.

On the Friday evening we'll be celebrating the official launch of the festival in the
company of award-winning writer, Ann Cleeves. Then over the weekend we'll have an amazing array of local, national and international crime writers speaking about their work. Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah, Mari Hannah Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Gunnar Staalesen are just a few of the authors signed up for Newcastle Noir 2016.

We hope we can entice you along for a criminally fine festival! Click here to see what's on offer!!!

For tickets, you can book directly online at Eventbrite, you can go to the Lit & Phil in person or you can call them on 0191 232 0192.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Mari Hannah's Norwegian adventure part 2

We were aware that the previous link to the interview Mari gave to a Norwegian newspaper about her latest novel 'The Silent Hour' wasn't accessible. Thankfully we can now offer you the article & you can practice your Norwegian for Newcastle Noir 2016! Click here for part one and here for part two!