Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Time for Crime: Writing Workshop with Valerie Laws, 26th April 6-8, Lit & Phil

A gathering of assorted people intent on murder, in the Lit and Phil, on a wet snowy night - it could be the start of a Golden Age crime novel, and who knows, several novels and stories may emerge from the twenty writers who attended my Workshop last night. 
The old massively-carved tables had been arranged in a long line, as if some League of Assassins were expected. Some attendees had dabbled, or tried, crime fiction, and others were hesitating on the brink of villainy, as I assigned writing exercises to produce Chandleresque 'first lines' to grab the reader by the throat, to create villains, and to evolve their detective protagonists who might become as famed as Vera, Lord Peter Wimsey or Jack Reacher. 
I was not slow to remind them of one of the joys of crime writing, REVENGE! on school bullies, cheating exes and abusive bosses. 'Favourite tip tonight "Murder them horribly"' posted one on facebook later, one who may need to be silenced... bwahahahaha!   
Valerie Laws

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 is upon us!

As our fringe events begin this week, the excitement is mounting and we look forward to a cracking criminal weekend in the company of some amazing local, national and international crime writers. Click here to see the line up!!!

There are still a few tickets left for certain panels, you can book directly online at Eventbrite, you can go to the Lit & Phil in person or you can call them on 0191 232 0192.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Calling all Ruth Rendell / Barbara Vine fans

Ruth Heholt (Falmouth University), Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University) and Gina Wisker (Brighton University) are editing a special issue of Contemporary Women's Writing Journal (Oxford University Press) on Ruth Rendell who died last year.

The purpose of the issue is to raise the profile of a writer (writing as either Ruth Rendell or Barbara Vine) whose work we feel has been unjustly neglected by scholars and to re-evaluate her importance as a contemporary crime writer.

We are looking for crime writers to informally discuss her work, her impact and her legacy and these discussions will be written up in the journal. This could either be answering questions via email, or participating in a (closed, invite-only) web forum.

If you would like to participate (and it would really help us out if you could!) please email me at: 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Newcastle Noir 2016 (25th April-1st May)

We're almost there!!!! In a week's time the Newcastle Noir 2016 Fringe Events will be underway.

On the Friday evening we'll be celebrating the official launch of the festival in the
company of award-winning writer, Ann Cleeves. Then over the weekend we'll have an amazing array of local, national and international crime writers speaking about their work. Val McDermid, Sophie Hannah, Mari Hannah Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Gunnar Staalesen are just a few of the authors signed up for Newcastle Noir 2016.

We hope we can entice you along for a criminally fine festival! Click here to see what's on offer!!!

For tickets, you can book directly online at Eventbrite, you can go to the Lit & Phil in person or you can call them on 0191 232 0192.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Mari Hannah's Norwegian adventure part 2

We were aware that the previous link to the interview Mari gave to a Norwegian newspaper about her latest novel 'The Silent Hour' wasn't accessible. Thankfully we can now offer you the article & you can practice your Norwegian for Newcastle Noir 2016! Click here for part one and here for part two!