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.
The Theakston Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate is actually one of a series of festivals in the town; they have created the HIF Player with all sorts of events, crime fiction and otherwise, available to watch. Website: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/hif-player/ Twitter: @HarrogateFest
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. April’s event is on Weds 28th. 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:
Two Crime Writers And A Microphone – Hosted by Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste. Usually hilarious to the point of actual pain. Twitter: @TwoCrimeWriters
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
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”. Hosts include Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan. Twitter: @RHChilliWriters Website: www.redhotchilliwriters.com/
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
26th-3rd May GŵylCrimeCymruFestival – Wales’ first crime fiction festival is a virtual event this year, but will return IRL in Aberystwyth 29th April to 2nd May 2022. Its debut festival, which is partnered with local bookshops, features the best in Welsh crime writing, and guests from further afield, plus a Noir at the Bar-style event spotlighting up-and-coming talent. Full details, hit their website (gwylcrimecymrufestival.co.uk) or follow them on Twitter (@GwylCrimeFest).
3rd UK Crime Book Club festival. This Facebook group has been hosting lots of live chats with authors throughout the last year, but is having a special mini-festival on the May bank holiday weekend including an interview with Stuart MacBride and a finale from the Four Blokes In Search Of A Plot. Pop over to their Facebook page to join the club, and see the full programme: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukcrimebookclub/about
14th-23rd Aye Write! Glasgow’s book festival was an early casualty of the pandemic last year, and this year has moved dates and moved online. But it promises the same great mix of genres as usual, with some panels live via Zoom and others recorded. (I’m chairing a panel on 15th, but don’t let that put you off :-D). For more, head to ayewrite.com or follow the festival on Twitter: @AyeWrite
17th Four Blokes In Search Of A Plot return – details tbc… Twitter: @FBlokes
22nd-25th The return of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate – well, that’s the plan, anyway. The official announcement says: “We have ambitions to run a live event in July … We are adapting and evolving operational plans to be able to deliver a safe Festival in line with the government regulations.” I’m hoping for some online content too. Check the website (www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival) the online FAQs (harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/news/faqs-theakston-old-peculier-crime-writing-festival-2021) and follow the festival team on Twitter (@HarrogateFest) for more details.
13th-15th St Hilda’s College Crime Fiction Weekend returns – details TBC but 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 seems to be mostly online events, with the potential for a certain amount of IRL action, restrictions permitting. Find out more here: www.edbookfest.co.uk/news/a-new-chapter-for-the-book-festival Twitter: @edbookfest