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!