When things return to normal, this will be a page with details of author events and book festivals. For now, I’m rounding up some online events and listing festivals that are either going ahead online or are yet to announce whether they are going ahead (scroll down a bit and you’ll see). If you have details of an event you think I should post here, get in touch. It’s all a bit *difficult* at the moment, but we shall make the best of it, no?
I post this information in good faith but please check dates and times with the venue or organiser as things can change at the last minute.
The weekly Virtual Noir at the Bar hosted by Vic Watson (of the Newcastle chapter of NATB) has finished, but they are planning two special editions in October and December. Check out the archive to see who read over the past few months, and follow their social media for more information: Facebook: www.facebook.com/VNatB/ Twitter: @VNatB1
Jacky “Dr Noir” Collins and Kelly Lacey run Noir at the Bar (Edinburgh chapter). It’s currently on hiatus, but follow them on social media for future updates: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NoirattheBarEd/ Twitter: @NoirBarEdin They also run Honey & Stag Literary Events, including interviews and book launches (Twitter: @HoneyandStag)
Dr Noir also organises Newcastle Noir, sadly cancelled this year – but a series of online panels were held (full disclosure: I chaired the Murder They Wrote panel) and are available to watch on the festival’s YouTube channel, do check them out. Also on the NN channel are a series of interviews under the banner “The Doctor will see you now…”
The inaugural Lyme Crime festival was cancelled IRL, but #OnLymeCrime saw authors appearing virtually across four days of panels and a Noir At The Bar. If you missed out, check out the YouTube channel and don’t forget to follow @CrimeLyme too.
The Theakston Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate have created the HIF Player with events from previous festivals and this year’s HIF Weekender available to watch. Website: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/hif-player/ Twitter: @HarrogateFest
If you are a podcast fan, here’s a few for your ears:
Two Crime Writers And A Microphone – Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste chat about books, book world news and anything that comes into their heads… and they talk to other authors. Usually hilarious to the point of actual pain. Twitter: @TwoCrimeWriters
The Tartan Noir Show – hosted by Theresa Talbot, interviews, book news and reading recommendations, focused on Scottish crime fiction. Twitter: @TBLTartanNoir
Sbooks – hosted by Scottish crime writers Denzil Meyrick and Douglas Skelton, who talk about books, TV and films amid large doses of banter. Lots of author guests too, of course. Twitter: @Sbooks15
Blood Brothers – three crime writers from the north of England, Rob Parker, Chris McDonald and M Sean Coleman plus guests – “It’s like an hour in the pub” they say, and they aren’t wrong. Twitter: @bloodbrospod
A Stab In The Dark – Mark Billingham talks about all aspects of crime fiction in books and on TV with fellow authors and other special guests. From UKTV/alibi – Website: http://uktv.co.uk/astabinthedark
RedHotChilliWriters – “Six British Asian writers talk books, writing, the creative arts, pop culture, risqué humour and Big Fat Asian weddings” they say. Main hosts are Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan, topical themes discussed with a light touch but guaranteed to make you think too. Twitter: @RHChilliWriters Website: www.redhotchilliwriters.com/
The Northern Crime Writing Syndicate – Hosted by AM Peacock and other writers in the group, this sees writers and figures from the book world gently grilled. Twitter: @northern_crime
22 October is the CWA Daggers night – this year, it’s live online, hosted by Barry Forshaw with guest speaker Richard Osman. Check their Twitter for further info: @The_CWA
14 November was due to see the first Perfect Crime festival in Liverpool. It’s postponed til 2021, but there will be a mini online festival on that date. Website: perfectcrime.uk/ Twitter: @PerfectCrimeUK Facebook: www.facebook.com/perfectcrimeUK/
18-21 November is, at the time of writing, Iceland Noir, and I know so many people are holding out hope that it will go ahead as planned. Here’s hoping… Website: icelandnoir.weebly.com/ Twitter: @icelandnoir