Thursday, 3 May 2018

The blurred lines of Fact/Fiction

In Daniel James we have more emerging North East talent for Newcastle Noir 2018. His work challenges our understanding of the crime genre and takes us on a mysterious journey to uncover the identity of an enigma. Daniel also plays with the notion of the author's identity in the creative process.

For more information about Daniel go to Authors 2018.

Big Twists, Little Tales

The crime genre is so flexible, lending itself to so many different deliciously devious forms. Carol Walker and Jessica Fairfax are two emerging North East authors who have explored crime writing through the short story to produce a fabulous volume of intriguing tales of mayhem and mystery. We're thrilled to have them as part of Newcastle Noir 2018.

As well as collaborating on various projects, including their Big Twists Little Tales anthology, they also write independently and are currently working their first novels. Jessica is writing a crime thriller with a paranormal sub plot and Carol is working on her crime novel with psychological undertones.

While writing their novels Carol and Jessica are never far apart. They find time spent together is invaluable. In discussing ideas, plotting and planning or writing, two heads are always better than one, providing a personal sounding board for each other - with their bestie by their side.

For more details on Carol and Jessica go to Authors 2018

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Gothic Noir

We first heard Sandra Ireland read at Noir@theBar Edinburgh and right there we knew we had to invite her to Newcastle Noir. Her writing is creepy & captivating with a glorious sinister edge.

For more information about Sandra go to Authors 2018

Fringe benefits at Newcastle Noir

At Newcastle Noir we love discovering new crime writing talent and all the more so if that author just happens to be local. Richard Rippon will be appearing on the Kaleidoscope of Crime Fringe Event on Thursday 3rd May.

For more information on Richard go to Authors 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Golden Age Delights

Joining Frances Brody at the Tuesday 1st May NN Fringe Event is Fiona Veitch Smith, author of the Poppy Denby Investigates books – murder mysteries set in the 1920s.

For more information about Fiona go to Authors 2018.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Revisioning the Genre

At Newcastle Noir we’re always on the lookout for authors who are doing something new with this most beloved of genres. So imagine our joy when we came across Matt Wesolowski’s writing and so close to home.

Matt’s joining Mari Hannah & LJ Ross on the Northumberland Noir panel and to find out more about him got to Authors 2018.

Big Wilma comes to The Toon

Every so often a crime writer creates a character that leaves such a significant impression on the reader that they’re left wanting more. This is the effect that debut author Claire MacLeary’s Big Wilma has had on us at Newcastle Noir.

For more information about Claire go to Authors 2018.

New to Newcastle Noir

A first-time author at Newcastle Noir, we welcome Louise Voss to this year’s festival. Louise has extensive experience in writing and publishing and we’re very much looking forward to hearing about her latest publication The Old You.

For more information about Louise go to Authors 2018.

Gripping crime fiction writing!

Newcastle Noir is honoured to welcome back Eva Dolan, author of one the most critically acclaimed crime thriller of 2018 This Is How It Ends. Eva will be appearing on the GripLit panel discussing her most recent publication and writing the psychological thriller.

For more information on Eva got to Authors 2018.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Faultless Tartan Noir

It just wouldn’t be the same without those Scottish crime writers who bring a certain something to the festival. In Doug Johnstone we must be welcoming one of the most multitalented authors to be found North o’ the Border.

We’re thrilled to say that not only will he be appearing on the Hot off the Press panel, but he’ll also be playing with the Fun Loving Crime Writers at gig that will close Newcastle Noir.

To find out more about Doug go to Authors 2018

Golden Age Style

Frances Brody, creator of the engaging 1920s mystery fiction series set around the character Kate Shackleton, will be in conversation with Fiona Veitch Smith discussing Golden Age crime fiction, as part of the Newcastle Noir Fringe Events programme.

For more information about Frances got to Authors 2018.

The Norsemen cometh! Part 1

Newcastle and Norway have had close ties for centuries and at Newcastle Noir we celebrate that bond through the Norwegian Noir panel. One of the authors appearing on that panel is Kjell Ola Dahl. We welcome him back to the festival and look forward to hearing about his latest novel The Ice Swimmer.

For more information about Kjell Ola go to Authors 2018.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

**Stop Press for NN2018**

Publish or Perish

Dr Noir always likes to deliver a little extra & this year's festival is no exception! For those who not only love reading crime fiction, but are also keen to write and get their own work published, Karen Sullivan - Orenda Books' highly successful founder and publisher - and talented author(s) Steph Broadribb/Stephanie Marland invite you to gather round while they spill the beans.

This event is FREE

Contact the Lit&Phil to book your place for this session Friday 5.45-6.30pm

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Quebec Noir

At Newcastle Noir we are always searching for new international crime writers to invite to the North East for our annual crime fiction festival. For 2018, from Quebec, we are thrilled to bring you Roxanne Bouchard & her translator David Warriner.

To find out more about Roxanne & David go to Authors 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018

Caught in the act

Brilliant satirist Charles Harris is a black belt in martial arts, best-selling author and international award-winning writer-director in cinema and TV drama. At Newcastle Noir we're looking forward to hearing Charles talk about how he weaves satirical elements into crime fiction.

To find out more about Charles go to Authors 2018.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Dare you come a little closer?

Get along to Newcastle Noir 2018 this 1st May Bank Holiday weekend and come a little closer to the UK’s no.1 bestselling independent author! We're thrilled to announce that Rachel Abbott will be joining us this year.

To find out more about Rachel go to Authors 2018.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Kate & Zain are on the Case

We’re delighted to welcome Alex Caan to #NN2018! With an intriguing detective duo, Alex’s Cut to the Bone has been described as a slick, dark contemporary thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat – just how we like our crime writing at Newcastle Noir!

To find out more about Alex go to Authors 2018.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Dark as dark can be

Last year Johanna Gustawsson enthralled the NN audience as she read from and discussed Block 46. This year she returns with Keeper (trans. Maxim Jakubowski), the second novel in the award-winning Roy & Castells series, taking readers on another criminally fine journey through time and space.

To find out more about Johanna go to authors 2018.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Take a Step Back in Time

We’re ardent fans of historical crime fiction and accordingly we’re thrilled to welcome Abir Mukherjee to NN2018. Abir’s work takes us back in time to 1920’s Calcutta and introduces us to Sam Wyndham, an English detective who comes to India after the Great War in search of a new start.

To find out more about Abir go to Authors 2018.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Get Lost in the finest Northumberland Noir

Mari Hannah has thrilled readers at home and abroad with the Kate Daniels series, but now she’s got a new series featuring Northumbrian detectives DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver. We'll be asking her about The Lost at #NN2018

To find out more about Mari go to Authors 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Tickets now available

Booking for Newcastle Noir is now OPEN!!! Buy tickets online at or you can call on 0191 232 0192!!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

No Turning a Blind Eye here!

Newcastle Noir takes great delight in featuring debut authors and we can't wait to welcome Vicky Newham to NN2018. We heard her read at Noir@theBar Harrogate last year and knew right away that we wanted to introduce her and her work to North East crime readers.

Find out more about Vicky in Authors 2018.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Criminal joy at Newcastle Noir

What a joy it is for us to welcome back Michael J Malone to the festival. This prize-winning poet and author has delighted us before at Newcastle Noir with his dark tales which have been described by Ian Rankin as 'vivid, visceral and compulsive'.

Find out more about Michael in Authors 2018.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A woman of steel

We’re delighted to welcome Leigh Russell to NN2018! As you may well have guessed, we’re rather fond of the police procedural and Leigh has created one extremely engaging and successful series.

Find out more about Leigh in Authors 2018.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Northern lights

In keeping with Newcastle Noir’s strong connections with authors of Nordic Noir, we’re delighted to see Antti Tuomainen return to the festival.

Find out more about Antti in Authors 2018.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Chilled to the Bone

What a pleasure it is to welcome back Luca Veste to Newcastle Noir! He’s already had us on the edge of their seats with his highly successful Di Murphy & Ds Rossi series. Now he’s set to terrify readers once more with his latest novel.

Find out more about Luca in Authors 2018

Monday, 19 February 2018

Crime made in Scotland

We all know what gripping crime writing is produced North o' the Border and our next author is no exception. As part of the "New Voices" in the Tartan Noir panel, we're delighted to welcome Ian Skewis.

Find out more about Ian in Authors 2018.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Northumberland Noir

Local authors mean so much to us at Newcastle Noir, so we're especially excited to announce that LJ Ross, bestselling author of the DCI Ryan series, will be appearing on the Northumberland Noir panel.

Find out more about Louise in Authors 2018.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Iceland noir

Newcastle Noir has a very strong bond with Iceland Noir and we are so excited to welcome back Lilja Sigurđadóttir to the festival. This time she'll comes with the first instalment of her Reyjavík Trilogy Snare translated into English by our good friend and fine crime writer Quentin Bates.

Find out more about Lilja in "Authors 2018"

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Stuart MacBride to launch NN2018!

We're so so thrilled to announce that the multiple award-winning crime fiction author Stuart MacBride will be launching our festival this year on Friday 4th May at 7pm. Oh yeeeees!!!

Find out more about Stuart in our brand new "Authors 2018"!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Newcastle Noir is back

Welcome back to Newcastle Noir, you fabulous crime fiction lovers!

We've been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you a criminally fantastic line-up for NN2018! The festival taking place the first May Bank Holiday will be held at Newcastle's Lit & Phil Society Library, 4-6th May.

As always we're bringing some of the best crime writers in the world to the North East. With over 40 local, national & international crime writers, we invite you to come join us for a very special weekend in the crime writing calendar that will be rounded off by The Fun Loving Crime Writers playing at The Cluny. Details of tickets and panels will be posted here very soon.

Dr Noir awaits you for a criminally fine Bank Holiday weekend in the Toon!