Case Study: Newcastle Noir @ the Lit & Phil 2-3 May 2015
After months of preparation and organisation we were delighted to kick off the inaugural Newcastle Noir Crime Writing festival at the Lit & Phil on Saturday 2nd May 2015. We had the logo, we had the banner, we had the writers - all we needed was the audience, and we certainly weren't disappointed!
Over the course of the two days we welcomed more than 30 participants: crime writers, translators, publishers, lecturers, and workshop leaders. The writers came from all over the United Kingdom and from Europe: Iceland, France, Finland and Sweden. We were so lucky to have such a talented array of individuals gathered to celebrate all that is so wonderful and appealing about the crime genre!
Over the two days we had 9 panel discussions on the following themes:
Northern Landscapes with Howard Linskey, Nick Quantrill, David Mark and Craig Robertson, chaired by Luca Veste.
Writers in Prison with Mari Hannah, Russ Litten and Alexandra Sokoloff, chaired by Louise Ridley.
In Conversation with Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites.
From Page to Screen to Page with Cilla and Rolf Borjlind, Erin Kelly and Christopher Brookmyre, chaired by Rosie White.
Gangsters and Gangs with Philip J. Howard, David McCaffrey and Steve Wraith, chaired by Charlotte Bilby.
Crime in Translation with Dominique Manotti, Ros Schwartz, Ragnar Jonasson and Quentin Bates, chaired by Jacky Collins.
Crime Authors/Creative Writers with William Ryan, Bea Davenport and Barbara Nadel, chaired by M.J. McGrath.
Legal Eagles with Peter Murphy, Steve Cavanagh, and Clare Donoghue, chaired by Ayo Onatade.
New Blood with Eva Dolan, Susi Holliday, Kati Hiekkapelto and Susan Wilkins, chaired by Sarah Ward.
In the mix we also had a lecture on Victorian Villanies by Gail-Nina Anderson, Classic Crime Readings with Kay Hepplewhite, Murderous Newcastle Walking Tours, devised and led by Pat Lowery, and Writing Workshops with Christiana Gregoriou, Marina Lambrou, William Ryan, Bea Davenport and Barbara Nadel.
We were delighted with the feedback we received from our participants and from our audience - here are some examples:
"Fantastic", "the friendliest festival I have attended in a long time", "very impressed by diverse choice of writers", and "Newcastle Noir is better than the Harrogate Crime Festival".
What more is there to say?! Roll on 2016!