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 going ahead/going ahead online (scroll down a bit and you’ll see). If you have details of an event you think I should post here, get in touch.
I post this information in good faith but please check dates and times with the venue or organiser as things can change. This is not an exhaustive list of every book event everywhere, check local press and bookshops for your area too!
The weekly Virtual Noir at the Bar hosted by Vic Watson (of the Newcastle chapter of NATB) is on hiatus, but check out the archive and follow their social media for more information: Facebook: www.facebook.com/VNatB/ Twitter: @VNatB1 And check out Bay Tales, their latest venture with exclusive online content and a series of events in the pipeline: Website: https://baytales.com/ Twitter: @bay_tales
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 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, with the 2020 online panels 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 in 2020, but #OnLymeCrime had four days of virtual panels and a Noir At The Bar. If you missed out, check out the YouTube channel and don’t forget to follow @CrimeLyme too.
For individual events, keep an eye on At Home With… from The 4 Indies, four independent bookshops which have ganged up to bring you virtual events from all sorts of authors. Follow them on Twitter at: @homewith4indies
And keep an eye on your favourite indie bookshop social media/website, as several are organising online events as we realise that while lockdown isn’t forever, normal IRL events could still be a long away off.
If you’re missing book clubs, pop over to Facebook and join the Bloody Scotland Book Club (www.facebook.com/groups/bloodyscotlandbookclub) as the festival branches out. Three books per month are chosen by a panel of bloggers, booksellers and authors on the festival’s board. You can read along, chat with other readers and post questions or themes for the panel to discuss, then at the end of the month the panel gets together (well, together separately for now) for a conversation about the books which will go out on Facebook Live. Catch up with previous episodes on the festival’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/BloodyScotland2012
If you are a podcast fan, here’s a few for your ears:
Blood Brothers – three crime writers from the north of England, Rob Parker, Chris McDonald and M Sean Coleman plus guests. Twitter: @bloodbrospod
The Northern Crime Writing Syndicate – Hosted by AM Peacock and other writers in the group, this sees writers and book world figures gently grilled. Twitter: @northern_crime
RedHotChilliWriters – “Six British Asian writers talk books, writing, the creative arts, pop culture, risqué humour and Big Fat Asian weddings”. Hosts include Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan. Twitter: @RHChilliWriters Website: www.redhotchilliwriters.com/
Two Crime Writers And A Microphone – Hosted by Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste. Usually hilarious to the point of actual pain. Twitter: @TwoCrimeWriters
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
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. Twitter: @Sbooks15
13th-15th St Hilda’s College Crime Fiction Weekend returns – the general format is more conference than festival, with crime writers addressing the genre through a variety of lectures and other events. Website: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/content/2021-st-hilda’s-college-crime-fiction-weekend Twitter: @hildascrime
14th-30th Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced its return, in a new venue: University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place. The plan is for mostly online events, which are pay what you can and unlimited numbers of tickets, with a small amount of IRL action, restrictions permitting. Crime writers including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Doug Johnstone are all on the programme. Find out more here: www.edbookfest.co.uk/news/a-new-chapter-for-the-book-festival Twitter: @edbookfest