Thursday, 29 June 2017

Newcastle Noir 2017

The summer is upon us, even though the rain lashing Newcastle today would make you think we are in November! The Newcastle Noir team is already preparing for the 2018 festival but we are so soft-hearted that we can't quite let go of 2017, so let's reminisce with the wonderful pictures taken by Dona-Lisa Healy!

  • Opening Night

Denise Mina

  • Geordie Crime

Shelley day, L.J Ross, Matt Wesolovski and Howard Linskey


Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Sarah Stowell and David Swatling

  • Tartan Noir

Jackie Baldwin, Jackie McLean, Lin Anderson and Ayo Onatade

  • German historical fiction

William Ryan, Kat Hall, Luke McCallin and David Young

  • Nordic 1

Kjell Ola Dahl, Thomas Enger, Nina von Staffeldt, Antti Tuomainen and Quentin Bates

  • German Noir

Cay Rademacher and Wulf Dorn

  • Children's crime fiction

Katherine Woodfine, Laura Wood, Ann Landman and Lyn Gardner

  • Crime, fact and fiction

Helen Pepper, Margaret Murphy, Mo and Mari Hannah

  • Domestic Noir

C.L Taylor, Michael J. Malone and Louise Beech

  • New Blood

Sarah Ward, Tana Collins, Michael Wood and Shelley Day

  • Tartan Noir

Russel D. McLean,  Douglas Skelton, Neil Broadfoot and Michael J. Malone

  • Nordic 2

 Jerker Eriksson, Camilla Grebe, Johana Gustawsson and Håkan Axlander

  • Thriller

Luca Veste, Steph Broadribb and Paul Hardisty

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Thank you!

Newcastle Noir is over for another year, sniff sniff but what a blast it was! Thank you to the amazing authors who joined us, thank you to all our volunteers, thank you to the Lit and Phil but most importantly thank youuuu our wonderful audience!

 Let's relive Newcastle Noir, let's laugh, let's love, let's live!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Our final author

In about 10 hours Newcastle Noir will start yeeees!!! And we have a final author to unveil too, oh yes! Welcome to Newcastle Noir Jackie McLean! Find out more about Jackie in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 27 April 2017

German Noir

As you all know Newcastle Noir will have its first German panel this year and we are so excited to welcome Elisabeth Herrmann! Find out about Elizabeth in "Featured authors".

Scotland Noir

We are delighted to welcome Jackie Baldwin to Newcastle Noir. Find out more about Jackie in "Featured author".

Newcastle Noir 2017 - amendments to the programme

Due to unforeseen circumstances the following authors are now unable to attend this weekend's festival: Sascha Arango, Alex Gray & Alanna Knight. We send them our warmest wishes

The following authors have kindly agreed to step in to the breach: Elisabeth Herrmann, Jackie Baldwin and Jackie McLean.

We are most grateful for their willingness to do so at such short notice

See you all this weekend at #NewcastleNoir 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Fabulous late addition to NN2017

Newcastle Noir is thrilled to announce that Victoria Watson will be joining the late night Saturday panel 'Presenting the Case', alongside Katen Sullivan, Sarah Ward, Quentin Bates and Susan Heads.

Victoria Watson is a Creative Writing tutor, blogger and the organiser of the Newcastle leg of Noir at the Bar. Victoria has won awards for  both her fiction and non-fiction work. Her debut novel 'Fix Me Up'  remains a work in progress. Her blog - - features book reviews, guest posts and the very popular annual reviews.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Fringe Events - Crime with a Northern Edge

Tuesday 25th April, 6.30pm at the Lit & Phil

Whet your crime-fiction loving appetite for the main event! We’ve assembled a group of fabulous local authors to talk about their novels, how the region inspires their writing and all things crime fiction.

  • Sheila Quigley

Sheila Quigley, North east born and bred, life- long dog lover, is the bestselling author of the Seahills series and the Holy Island trilogy. Recently voted as Number 7 by the public in WH Smith's poll of best writers of all time she also has written two short films on bullying and self harming. Two of her books Run For Home and Bad Moon Rising have been made into successful stage plays.

  • Michael K Foster

Michael K Foster has been writing crime thriller novels since 2006, all of them based in and around the North East of England. His debut, The Wharf Butcher, was released in 2015 and offers a unique insight into this rugged landscape. Its sequel, Satan’s Beckoning, also features the hard-hitting DCI Jack Mason and local criminal profiler David Carlisle. The third book in the series, Angelica’s Curse, is scheduled for release in November 2017. Michael was born in Plymouth, England. After ten years’ service in the British Army, he moved up to Newcastle where he gained his Master’s Degree. A former Magistrate, he is married with two children and lives near Durham.

  • Matt Hilton

Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. He is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including The Devil's Anvil – Joe Hunter 10 - published in June 2015 by Hodder and Stoughton and Blood Tracks, the first in a new series from Severn House publishers in November 2015. His first book, Dead Men’s Dust, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times’ bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. 

Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013 and 2016. The Joe Hunter series is widely published by Hodder and Stoughton in UK territories, and by William Morrow and Company (Harper Collins) and Down and Out Books in the USA, and have been translated into German, Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian. As well as the Joe Hunter series, Matt has been published in a number of anthologies and collections, and has published novels in the supernatural/horror genre, namely Preternatural, Dominion, Darkest Hour and The Shadows Call. He has recently published the next Joe Hunter novel, No Safe Place, in May 2016, and his next Tess Grey novel, Painted Skins, in August 2016. The third Tess and Po book – Raw Wounds – is due to be published in July 2017.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Opening ceremony

In exactly three weeks, Newcastle Noir will be underway, how exciting is that?? And we feel so privileged that Denise Mina will open the festival!!! Please join us for a special evening on 28/04 from 7!! Find out more about Denise in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Our photographer

Have you ever wondered who took the gorgeous pictures you can see in our "Gallery"? And who will be there in less than three weeks to document this year's festival? We would like to introduce our photographer, Donna-Lisa Healy!

Donna-Lisa has been involved with Newcastle Noir from its inception as photographer in residence at the Lit and Phil. For her the opportunity to capture the crime writer in the frame is a privilege and also affords the audience greater insight into the festival line-up.

Donna-Lisa works at other literary festivals and cultural events and is hoping to stage an exhibition celebrating international female crime authors to coincide with the centennial celebrations of women’s suffrage in 2018

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

How to be published?

Find out everything you've always wanted to know about how to be published with a special talk delivered by Adam Maxwell! Find out more about Adam in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The joy of blogging

I give you reading crime fiction, I give you reading about crime fiction, and let's go one step further, I give you travelling through crime fiction! Oh yes! And who better than Susan Heads, the creator of The BookTrail, to talk about it?! Find out more about Susan in "Featured authors".

Monday, 3 April 2017

Tartan Noir

In less than a month Newcastle Noir will be on!!!! And we still have authors to introduce to you, oh yes we have! Would a panel on Tartan Noir be complete without Russel D. McLean? No it wouldn't! :-) Find out more about Russel in "Featured authors".

Sunday, 2 April 2017

German noir

We are pleased to announce Wulf Dorn as our final author for our exciting panel dedicated to German Noir! Find out more about Wulf in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Children's crime fiction

We are getting so excited with our new panel dedicated to crime fiction and we are delighted to welcome Lyn Gardner, the author of the Rose Campion and Olivia series books. Find out more about Lyn in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Welcome to the publishing world

What would be crime fiction without publishers? And what does publishing entail? We shall discover all about it with our next panellist, Karen Sullivan, from Orenda Books. Find out more about Karen in "Featured authors".

Monday, 27 March 2017

Femmes fatales

If you use the word "femme fatale"  the Velvet Underground will spring to my mind but if you add "and crime fiction" then the trio of Lin Anderson, Alex Gray and Alanna Knight comes rushing in :-)
And tonight we'd like to give the warmest welcome to Alanna Knight! Find out more about Alanna in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 23 March 2017

German Noir

At Newcastle Noir we like all things European and our special focus this year is Germany. We are therefore utterly delighted to welcome Sascha Arango! Find out more about Sascha in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Whenever I hear the word Amsterdam I can't help thinking of that song by Jacques Brel and I find myself whistling "dans le port d'Amsterdam y a des marins qui chantent" :-)
Now, however, thanks to Daniel Pembrey, Amsterdam is associated with dectective Henk van der Pol! Find more about Daniel in "Featured author"!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Steel City

Let's travel a little bit further south to Sheffield and welcome Michael Wood and his DCI Matilda Darke! Find out more about Michael in "Featured authors".

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tartan Noir

Let's delve into the underbelly of Edinburgh with Neil Broadfoot and his investigative duo Doug McGregor and DS Susie Drummond. Find out more about Neil in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Children's crime fiction

Newcastle Noir is exploring children's crime fiction this year and we are delighted to welcome Laura Wood and her Poppy Pym series. Find out more about Laura in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New Blood

At Newcastle Noir we just love presenting new authors so it is with great pleasure that we welcome Tana Collins and her Inspector Carruthers series! Find out more about Tana in "Featured authors".

Monday, 13 March 2017

Arctic Noir

Let's head to Greenland and discover Arctic Noir with Nina von Staffeldt and her debut novel Frosne Beviser (Frozen Evidence). Find out more about Nina in "Featured authors".

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Our next author

We are delighted to announce that the next author in our line-up is Sarah Stovell and her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite. Find out more about Sarah in "Featured authors".

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thriller time

We are delighted to announce our next author, David Swatling, and his thriller Calvin's Head. Find out more about David in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Our full programme

Oh what a day, our full programme is now available, yaaay!!! You can see it by clicking on "Programme" or if you would like it in all its glory and in pdf you can click here!

We will of course continue to present all our authors one by one but we thought that you couldn't wait to have the full overview! :-)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

French Noir

Doesn't it feel like Spring is on its way, what with the sunny weather and the daffodils? But we are not going to leave darkness behind, are we? Oh no we are not, instead we are going to dive into French Noir with Johana Gustawsson, the author of the bestseller On se retrouvera. Find out more about Johana in "Featured authors"!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

It's all in the mind!

Newcastle Noir is thrilled to welcome C.L. Taylor, Sunday Times' bestselling author of three psychological thrillers, with a fourth, The Escape, soon to be published this month (March 2017). Find out more about C.L. Taylor in "Featured authors".

Friday, 3 March 2017

German noir

A former detective chased out of the police by the Nazis, a German intelligence officer based in Sarajevo, that can only be Luke McCallin's Gregor Reinhardt series! Find out more about Luke in "Featured authors".

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Helsinki Noir

It is our great pleasure to welcome back Antti Tuomainen, the king of Helsinki Noir! Find out more about Antti in "Featured authors".

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Geordie Noir

Let's dive into horror crime with Newcastle-based Matt Wesolowski. You will never look at Northumberland the same way again! Find more about Matt in "Featured authors".

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tartan Noir comes to Newcastle Noir

For Newcastle Noir 2017 we have a wonderful number of highly-acclaimed Scottish authors and it is a great pleasure to welcome Douglas Skelton back to the Lit & Phil. Find out more about Douglas in "Featured authors".

Monday, 20 February 2017

A first for Newcastle Noir!

For the first time in the history of Newcastle Noir we'll be hosting a Children's Crime Fiction panel. We're hoping to attract younger crime writing enthusiasts to the festival and to help make this new venture a reality, we're thrilled to welcome Katherine Woodfine! Find out more about Katherine in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Scots Wha Hae! More Bloody Scotland at Newcastle Noir

A very warm Newcastle Noir welcome to Alex Gray another of the co-founders of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland. Find out more about Alex in "Featured authors".

Monday, 13 February 2017

Our next author

We are delighted to welcome back one of the pillars of Newcastle Noir, Quentin Bates! Let's go to Iceland with his Sergeant Gunnhildur! Find out more about Quentin in "Featured authors".

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Derbyshire Noir comes to Newcastle Noir

We're so pleased to welcome back Sarah Ward to Newcastle Noir. We look forward to hearing about her DCI Childs series and her latest crime fiction findings. Find out more about Sarah in 'Featured authors'

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Krimi - German Noir

Every year we try to bring a little something different to Newcastle Noir. For NN2017 we have a German crime fiction offering and we're delighted to announce that Cay Rademacher will be part of that panel. Find out more about Cay and his crime writing in 'Featured authors'

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Two for the price of one

Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for two authors who have been friends and collaborators for years: Jerker Erikson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. A double dose of Scandinoir! Find out more about Erik Axl Sund in 'Featured authors'

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

An icy blast of Nordic Noir

Ever since we began in 2014, Nordic Noir authors have always been a part of the festival! This year we're thrilled to welcome Camilla Grebe to Newcastle Noir 2017. Find out more about Camilla in 'Featured authors'

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Winds of War at Newcastle Noir

We are delighted to announce that the next author in the line-up for Newcastle Noir 2017 is William Ryan, author of the Captain Korolev novels. He will also be running the crime writing workshops at the festival. Find out more about William in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Noir@theBar Edinburgh 2

Wednesday 8th February, 7pm.

Noir@theBar returns to Edinburgh with a fantastic line-up of crime fiction authors (established, emerging & potential), who will be gathering together to read from their work, discuss their craft and engage with the public in a more informal setting.

If you’re in Edinburgh on 8th February, why not join us for what promises to be a cracking evening of murder and mayhem. A special ‘thank you’ to author Mark Leggatt for making this possible!

Northumberland Noir comes to Newcastle Noir

Next up in the Newcastle Noir 2017 line-up is L.J. Ross, the creator of the DCI Ryan mystery novels set in neighbouring Northumberland! Find out more about about L.J. in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bloody Scotland

We are pleased to announce our next author, Lin Anderson, the creator of forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod and co-founder of the crime fiction festival Bloody Scotland! Find more about Lin in "Featured authors".

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Crime and forensic science

We are delighted to announce our next author(s), A.D. Garrett, the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Intriguing? Find more in "featured authors"!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Our next author

Let's go on a world tour, from Yemen to Cyprus via Istanbul with Paul Hardisty and his two novels, The Abrupt Physics of Dying and The Evolution of Fear! Find out more about Paul in "Featured authors"!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Norwegian Noir

As anyone who has ever come along Newcastle Noir can testify we love our Nordic Noir!! It is therefore with great pride that we welcome Kjell Ola Dahl, one of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre. Find out more about Kjell in "Featured authors"

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Next in our line-up

What happens after a crime has occurred? Let's find out with the next author in our line-up, Louise Beech! Find out more about Louise in "featured authors".

Week-end passes

Some of you are so keen to be involved that weekend passes can now be purchased! Oh yes we like to treat you well!

The weekend passes provide entry to all panel events, and can be booked online (, in person at the Lit & Phil  or over the phone (0191 232 0192)

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Newcastle Noir does Liverpool

We are delighted to announce that our next author is Luca Veste, with his Murphy and Rossi series that delves into the dark corner of Liverpool. Find our more about Luca in "Featured authors".

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Our next author

Happy New Year everyone!!! And to kick off the year we are heading to Scotland with Michael J Malone. Find out more about Michael in "featured authors".