Saturday, 26 December 2015

International festive cheer!

The Newcastle Noir team woke to a fabulous Christmas present this morning, having been mentioned in the Catalan print of the Spanish Daily 'El Mundo'! A huge thank you to journalist Carol Álvarez for including our humble 'criminal' gathering in her article on Northern crime fiction festivals: 'Los 'Noir' que trae el frío'

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas message

The Newcastle Noir team would like to wish you Happy Holidays and all the very best for 2016! Hope you have time to indulge in some fine crime fiction reading this festive period and look forward to seeing you in the Toon for Newcastle Noir 2016 (30 April - 1 May).

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Newcastle Noir panels

So we have told you which authors are coming (and more will follow) but I'm sure you would also like to know the panels where they will appear. So, without further ado, here they are:
Scandinavian Mexican
Writing elsewhere Historical
Brit Noir Icelandic
Novella/Short Stories Supernatural
Thriller New Blood

Newcastle Noir goes to Turkey

Let's carry on our tour of the world and welcome Barbara Nadel and herTurkish set Inspector Ikmen series. Find out more about Barbara in "Featured authors".

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Newcastle Noir goes to Iceland, again!

Newcastle Noir wouldn't be itself without Icelandic authors so it is with the greatest pleasure that we welcome Lilja Sigurdardottir! Find out more about Lilja in "Featured authors".

Our latest author

We are delighted to announce our next author in our line-up, Graham Smith and his debut novel Snatched from home. Find out more about Graham in "Featured authors".

Friday, 18 December 2015

New author for Newcastle Noir

The next author in our line-up is Helen Cadbury, the author of "To Catch a Rabbit" and "Bones in the Nest". Find out more about Helen in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Our latest author

We are very pleased to welcome Michael Grothaus, a journalist who spent years researching sex trafficking, using his experiences as a springboard for his debut novel Epiphany Jones. Find our more about Michael in "Featured authors".

Our latest author

The next author in our line-up is Yusuf Toropov, the author of the thriller "Jihadi: A Love Story". Find out more about Yusuf in "Featured authors".

Ticket prices

We are pleased to announce the ticket prices for Newcastle Noir 2016. You will find all the information in the menu, under "Ticket prices"

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Newcastle Noir gripped by fear

A whole nation is holding its breath before the finale of The Bridge. Will Saga be convicted of killing her mother? Will the fate of Henrik’s family ever be found? Who is using art to commit murder? And more importantly, will it be the last time ever that we see this jewel of crime drama on our screen? Tears aplenty expected on Saturday night!

Newcastle Noir goes to Manchester

We are very pleased to welcome Col Bury and his crime fiction set in Manchester with Inspector Jack Striker. Find out more about Col in "Featured authors".

New author for Newcastle Noir

Our latest author is Amanda Jennings and her three novels "the Judas Scar", "Sworn Secret" and "In Her Wake". Find out more about Amanda in "Featured authors".

Iceland Noir

The love story between Newcastle Noir and Iceland continues and we are delighted to welcome Sólveig Pálsdóttir, the author of three best-selling crime novels. Find out more about Sólveig in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Our latest author

We are delighted to welcome back to Newcastle Noir Quentin Bates and his series of crime novels and novellas set in present-day Iceland! Find out more about Quentin in "Featured authors".

Newcastle Noir goes to Africa

We continue our road trip round the world with a stop in Africa with Michael Stanley, the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, and their Detective "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. Find out more about Michael Stanley in "Featured authors".

Monday, 14 December 2015

Our latest author

We are very pleased to announce our latest author, Paul Hardisty, and his Claymore Straker series. Find out more about Paul in "Featured authors".

‘Down Mexico Way’ – Newcastle Noir goes further afield!

Newcastle Noir is delighted to explore Mexico with Elmer Mendoza, the author of El amante de Janis Joplin (the lover of Janis Joplin) and more recently Besar al detective (Kissing the Detective). Find more about Elmer in "Featured authors".

He will be accompanied by Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, editor in chief of several cultural magazines and literary supplements in Mexico City, translator, film and literary critic. He is an author himself. His most recent books are La brújula hechizada. Algunas coordenadas de la narrativa contemporánea (The Enchanted Compass: Coordinates of Contemporary Fiction, essays, 2009), Paseos sin rumbo. Diálogos entre cine y literatura (Aimless Roamings: Dialogues Between Film and Literature, essays, 2010), Señor Fritos (Mister Fritos, children’s book, 2011), La mujer de M. (The Woman of M., novella, 2012), and Ciudad tomada (City Taken Over, short stories, 2013). In 2012 he was appointed Resident Writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland and in 2015 he was appointed National Coordinator of Literature for the National Institute of Fine Artes.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Newcastle Noir goes international!

What began as a dream last year to bring International Crime Fiction authors to Newcastle Noir is set to become a reality! In 2015 a fine array of European authors gave us a tremendous line up, but for 2016 we’ll be welcoming writers from beyond Europe. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing who’s joining us from around the globe, to make Newcastle Noir 2016 (30th April-1st May) a crime-filled weekend to remember!

Scandi noir is coming to Newcastle Noir

We are utterly thrilled to welcome the godfather of Scandi Noir, Gunnar Staalesen and his world famous Varg Veum series! Find out more about Gunnar in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 10 December 2015

"Am coming home Newcastle"

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Mari Hannah will be appearing at Newcastle Noir 2016! Find more about Mari in "Featured authors".

Newcastle Noir goes to Finland

Finnish, punk singer, performance artist and award-winning author, this can only be Kati Hiekkapelto and her Anna Fekete series! Find out more about Kati in "Featured authors".

Our latest author

We are very pleased to announce our latest author for Newcastle Noir, Alison Taylor-Baillie, whose first novel, Sewing the Shadows Together, was published in August 2015. Find out more about Alison in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Newcastle Noir goes to Orkney

Our next author is Clare Carson, whose first novel, Orkney Twilight, published in 2014 was inspired by childhood holidays in Orkney and growing up with a father who worked as an undercover cop. Find out more about Clare in "Featured authors".

The line-up keeps growing

Next in our line-up is Susi Holliday, the author of the psychological thriller, Black Wood, published in 2015. Two follow-ups, Willow Walk and The Damselfly, also set in her fictional town of Banktoun, are planned for 2016 and 2017. Find out more about Susi in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Newcastle Noir goes to Holy Island

Next up in our line-up is the bestselling author of The Seahills series and The Holy Island trilogy, Sheila Quigley. Find more about Sheila in "Featured authors".

Newcastle Noir goes East

We are pleased to announce the latest author in our line-up, Alex Shaw and his 'Aidan Snow SAS' thrillers set in Ukraine. Find more about Alex in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Shetland Noir

Dark & stormy, as all good crime festivals should be! Jacky Collins reports.

Despite the threats from Storm Abigail a couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to take part in Shetland’s first ever crime fictional festival. Although the wind fairly buffeted our small plane on its short journey over from Edinburgh to Sumburgh, I was in the fine company of Quentin Bates, James Oswald and Jake Kerridge, which did wonders for steadying the nerves!

Sadly, I was unable to get to the opening event that was held at the Shetland Library in Lerwick, but was told this really set the mood for the rest of the weekend. However, I did have the amazing good fortune to be moderating the first two panels of the festival. We kicked off with "Where do you get your ideas from?", with Arne Dahl, Valerie Laws and Lilja Sigurðardóttir. Here we explored the inspiration behind their crime writing, looked at how authors pursued their initial ideas, revealed no-go topic areas and discussed any regrets for not having pursued a line of enquiry.

It was so encouraging to see such an excellent turnout, despite the blustery conditions outside. The Mareel Arts Centre was an ideal venue, with its spacious auditorium, inviting & well-stocked café-bar and glorious views out over the harbour. We were even provided with free tea, coffee and home baking at the breaks, enabling us to refuel on a regular basis and make the most out such a wonderful array of panels and workshops. There were many familiar faces at the gathering and it was a great opportunity to catch up with so many fine ‘criminal’ friends, but it was also a great pleasure to see crime fiction lovers who were attending their first festival!

The second panel of the day, “It’s really you isn’t it?”, saw me engaging with our very own Mari Hannah, Sarah Ward, Alison Baillie and Quentin Bates, discussing the process of character development, the importance of setting in this regard and the author’s relationship to their main protagonist, either a newly conceived or as a long-standing character.

On Screen, the third panel I moderated on the Saturday, saw us exploring the question of adaptation with Mari Hannah, Ann Cleeves, Denise Mina and Alex Sokoloff. We considered the process both from the perspective of the author, and that of the script/screen writer, we discussed the differences that exist in US and UK TV series production and contemplated how it felt to release your work for adaptation.

By the Sunday, Abigail seemed to have blown herself out and we were treated to a calm and peaceful Lerwick. This change in the elements was most fortuitous, ensuring that the In the footsteps of Jimmy Perez excursion, led by Ann Cleeves, Davie Gardner and Masarli Taylor, provided festival goers with a great tour of the island and the possibility of visiting places so expertly drawn by Ann in the ‘Shetland Quartet’.

As Quentin and I headed back to the airport on the Sunday morning it was not easy to leave. Donald Anderson, Mishka Hay, Lauren Doughton and all the Shetland Noir team really showed how an event like this should be run, ensuring that authors and readers alike had a truly wonderful experience. Indeed, I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before they hold the next Shetland Noir crime fiction festival – there so much more to discuss and so many intriguing places left to explore. Thank you, Shetland Noir, for a most memorable time!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our latest author

The latest author to join our line-up is Oscar de Muriel and his Frey and McGray series. Find out more about Oscar in "Featured authors"!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

New author

Our programme is filling up very nicely and the latest author we are proud to announce is Sarah Ward and her debut novel, In Bitter Chill. Find out more about Sarah in "Featured authors".

Friday, 6 November 2015

Our latest author

Our announcements are coming thick and fast and we are proud to welcome A.K.Benedict whose second novel, "Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts" will be published in February 2016. Find out more in "Featured authors".

New author for Newcastle Noir

Let's welcome Kate Griffin and her Kitty Peck series to our line-up! Find out more about Kate in "Featured authors"!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Newcastle Noir goes to Shetland Noir

In just over a week’s time, we’ll be headed north to join fellow crime fiction fans for Shetland Noir. Here’s the link to the festival website, with details of authors and activities The weekend promises to be a wonderfully criminal affair and we’re so excited to be moderating panels with some of our favourite authors. Will post a full report after the event. Only hope the winter weather stays away, as that tiny plane up to Sumburgh is quite flimsy!

Another author for Newcastle Noir!

We are delighted to announce our latest author: Luke McCallin and his Gregor Reinhardt series! Find more about Luke in "featured authors".

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Latest author in our line-up!

We are pleased to announce that Cath Staincliffe, the award winning novelist and creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder, will be with us for Newcastle Noir 2016! Yay! Find more about Cath in "Featured authors".

Sunday, 1 November 2015

New author

We are pleased to announce the latest author in our line up: Lucy Cameron, whose debut novel, "Night is watching" will be published in April 2016. Find out more about Lucy in "Featured authors".

Friday, 30 October 2015

Our latest author

We are pleased to announce the latest author in our line up: Paul Gitsham and his DCI Warren Jones series. More information about Paul can be found in "Featured authors".

Friday, 16 October 2015

Ann Cleeves – Jimmy Perez, Vera Stanhope and me

As part of the University of Sunderland – Public Lecture Series, Newcastle Noir attended the first of these on Wednesday 14th October to hear international best-selling author Ann Cleeves speak about her fascinating journey in crime fiction, some of the wonderful characters that can be found in her novels and the role that ‘luck’ has played in her continued success as a crime writer.

As Ann regaled us with tales from her experiences you could have heard a pin drop in the packed auditorium. We were also treated to several readings from her work including the recently published ‘The Moth Catcher’. After what was a truly captivating talk, Ann also took questions from the audience and stayed to sign copies of her books and chat further with the public. A most memorable evening!

Noir Fringe

We're planning a week of Fringe events leading up to our launch on Friday 29th April.....can't give you all the details yet,  but what we can say is there will be body-snatchers, female eurosleuths and murderous Newcastle in the mix. The excitement mounts!

Mari Hannah's new novel - launch event

Forum Books will be launching Mari Hannah’s new novel THE SILENT ROOM at The Barn Restaurant at The Angel, Corbridge at 7pm on Wednesday 18th November. This is an exciting departure for Mari, her first standalone thriller. Kate Daniels fans need not panic - she’s be back next year in a case that throws up more problems than she bargained for!

Tickets are available from Forum Books 01434 632303 or by emailing to reserve and collect on the night. Feel free to tell your friends!

New author for Newcastle Noir 2016

We are pleased to announce our next author in the line-up for Newcastle Noir 2016: Daniel Pembrey! Daniel writes crimes stories – mostly novellas – set in atmospheric foreign locations. Find out more in our section "Featured authors".

Friday, 9 October 2015

Books on Tyne 2015

The Lit & Phil continues to enjoy crime throughout the year and we’re pleased to say that we’ve enticed fabulous crime writers to our annual Book Festival, run in conjunction with Newcastle Libraries.

Wednesday 25th November sees Sophie Hannah return to the Lit & Phil. She'll be reading from her latest crime novel A Game for All the Family. She is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction and in 2014 she published The Monogram Murders, starring Hercule Poirot, with permission from the Agatha Christie Estate.

On Saturday 28th November we have 2 sessions from kids’ crime writer, Robin Stevens, as part of our family day at the library. Robin is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, starring the intrepid duo of schoolgirl detectives, Wells and Wong.

In the evening we have some grown-up crime with James Oswald, recently described as “crime fiction’s next big thing!” Come and hear him talk about and read from his Detective Inspector McLean series.

Find out more details of these and other events taking place as part of the Festival  by logging on to Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Our first authors

We are pleased to announce our first three fabulous authors for Newcastle Noir 2016. They are...Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves and Frances Brody. We are utterly thrilled to welcome them! More information can be found in the section "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

‘The Female Nordic Sleuth in Contemporary Crime Fiction’

At the end of this month we'll be giving a talk at High Heaton Library, Newcastle on "The Female Nordic Sleuth in Contemporary Crime Fiction". There are a number of names that immediately spring to mind. But who are your favourite Scandi Female investigators?

Monday, 5 October 2015

Adjö Henning Mankell

It is with deep sadness that Newcastle Noir laments the passing of one of crime fiction's finest contemporary authors. Many of us were first introduced to the Scandicrime fiction phenomenon through the work of Henning Mankell. His best-selling novels brought us Kurt Wallander, one of our much-loved crumpled detectives whose investigations invariably brought to light the concerns and social ills of Swedish society. Thank you Henning for the legacy you leave us, not just the literature, but also your activism and humanitarian endeavours, your work will live on.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Hello crime lovers!

The whole team is delighted to launch Newcastle Noir's website. In the run-up to Newcastle Noir 2016 (launching on Friday 29th April and running through to Sunday 1st May) we want to keep you informed of how things are shaping up and provide regular updates about authors that will appearing at this event and other related activities. We already have exciting possibilities for the forthcoming event and hope to share them with you as soon as authors have confirmed their attendance.

Here is to sharing some wonderful 'criminal' moments together, both virtual and real!