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.