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.
Every Wednesday, Vic Watson hosts a Virtual Noir at the Bar (Newcastle chapter) over Zoom. Join the mailing list to see who is reading this week and to get the link to the event. More information here: Facebook: www.facebook.com/VNatB/ Twitter: @VNatB1
Jacky “Dr Noir” Collins and Kelly Lacey bring you online Noir at the Bar (Edinburgh chapter). They’re back next month. Follow them on social media for all the info: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NoirattheBarEd/ Twitter: @NoirBarEdin
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
July-September The Borders Book Festival is doing a series of weekend events over the summer, including some crime writers (Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, David Baldacci and Val McDermid all appear in the next few weeks). Find out more via Twitter @BordersBookFest or check out the festival website: https://bordersbookfestival.org/online-festival-2020/
14-16 August is a busy weekend with two festivals! Reading Between The Lines books PR has brought together a host of authors for a series of online panels, cunningly titled Reading Between The Crime – check out the Facebook page for more details, or organiser Lynsey Adams‘ blog, There’s Been A Murder. It’s particularly strong on Scottish crime writers, if that floats your boat (it does mine!).
14-15 August is the annual St Hilda’s College Crime Fiction Weekend, an event I’ve never made it to IRL but now here’s a chance… It’s not standard panels, but writers giving talks on a subject linked to a wider theme – this year’s is All Our Yesterdays: Historical Crime Fiction. Events include Sara Sheridan on Not So Cosy: Christie’s 1950s, Jill Dawson on Patricia Highsmith’s A Suspension of Mercy and William Shaw with the intriguingly titled Shardlake is Dr Who. There’s also the festival’s traditional Whodunnit specially-created murder mystery… A ticket for the whole weekend (panels will be accessible for a month, and you can watch from anywhere in the world) costs £30 (concessions for previous attendees, college alumni and students available). Twitter: @hildascrime Website: https://www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/content/2020-st-hilda’s-college-crime-fiction-weekend
15-31 August sees the Edinburgh International Book Festival present a free online programme, details are online now – some crime authors are featuring. Website: www.edbookfest.co.uk/ Twitter: @edbookfest (The Scotsman newspaper will be covering events online daily and in print every Saturday – yes, this is me plugging the day job!)
September would see me make the annual pilgrimage to Stirling for Bloody Scotland, but alas… the team behind the festival are going ahead with the McIlvanney Prize (longlist announced 23 June, shortlist due on 1 September), and there will I believe be some events in some form over the weekend of the 18th, details TBA. Website: bloodyscotland.com/ Twitter: @bloodyscotland
25-27 September also is the time for Tidelines Book Festival in Ayr, which is also cancelled. But keep an eye open, for they are putting together a wee online something, including a panel featuring Mason Cross, Johana Gustawsson, Caro Ramsay and Douglas Skelton. Website: www.tidelinesbookfest.com/ or check Facebook or Twitter: @TidelinesFest
2-4 October, I hope, will see the return of the Portobello Book Festival in Edinburgh, which is a fab little community-run festival on my doorstep and usually has a crime strand. Twitter: @PortyBookFest
10 October (fingers crossed!!) will see the postponed Noireland festival in Belfast. It was already squeezed down from a weekend to a single day in March when it was hit by the lockdown, here’s hoping it goes ahead. Website: www.noireland.com/ Twitter: @NOIRELANDFest
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