Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Latest Newcastle Noir exploits

Last week we had the honour and great pleasure of interviewing the critically-acclaimed crime writer Mari Hannah about her latest publication, the stand alone thriller The Silent Room. Mari provided some splendid insight into her work, the inspiration behind this gripping novel and also how her approach to writing has developed since her first novel in the Kate Daniels series The Murder Wall. As part of the evening, Mari kindly agreed to read from The Silent Room. Choosing the opening chapter, we were left in no doubt whatsoever that this novel provides the reader with a tense, roller-coaster ride in the company of a new set of wonderfully well-drawn characters.

This week, we’ll be returning to the Lit & Phil for the ‘Killer Women – Deadlier than the Male’ event. In discussion with crime authors Erin Kelly, MJ McGrath, Louise Millar and Kate Rhodes, we’ll consider the following: Why do women love to read – and write – crime fiction? Are men and women equally subject to violence? What does the latest research suggest about violence in the male and female brains? Where do the Killer Women find their inspiration? And much, much more!

Finally, we’ve been receiving some extremely positive feedback on social media about Newcastle Noir 2016’s fab line up, thanks so much for that! If you haven’t had a chance to have a look at the programme yet, here’s the link. For tickets, you can book directly online at, go to the Lit & Phil in person or call them on 0191 232 0192. Hope to see you in Toon at the end of April for this celebration of crime fiction in all its noir glory!

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