Author events, book festivals, podcasts and other such things the might interest a book fan… 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 – 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: Website: https://baytales.com/ Twitter: @bay_tales
Jacky “Dr Noir” Collins and Kelly Lacey run Noir at the Bar (Edinburgh chapter). It’s back after a hiatus, 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), and are planning to branch out into other genres with Books at the Bar in Edinburgh, @Booksatthebar.
Dr Noir also organises Newcastle Noir, with the 2020 online panels available on the festival’s YouTube channel, where you’ll also find a series of author interviews under the banner “The Doctor will see you now…”
If you fancy an online book club, pop over to Facebook and join the Bloody Scotland Book Club (www.facebook.com/groups/bloodyscotlandbookclub). Three books per month are chosen by a panel of bloggers, booksellers and authors on the festival’s board. You can read along, or just chat with other readers and see if you fancy each book from what others are saying. At the end of the month the panel gets together (on Zoom) for a conversation about the books which goes 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”. Hosted mostly by Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan. Twitter: @RHChilliWriters Website: www.redhotchilliwriters.com/
Read All About It – Writer and journalist Paul Cuddihy takes his guests (mostly authors) on the literary journey of their lives, choosing books from formative moments amid discussions about their lives and their writing. https://shows.acast.com/read-all-about-it
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
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
11th Blood Brothers Big Book Blowout. After the success of their online mini-festival in 2021, the chaps behind the Blood Brothers Podcast have decided to do it all over again in 2022 – and stay online, to keep their audience as broad as possible, which I am hugely in favour of. Twitter: @bloodbrospod
23rd-25th Lyme Crime pivoted from live to online in its first year in 2020, took a break in 2021 and is now back in person in Lyme Regis for 2022. It looks bloody awesome and I wish I could go! Twitter: @CrimeLyme Website: www.lymecrime.co.uk The 2020 festival had four days of virtual panels and a Noir At The Bar which are on the YouTube channel.
21st-24th Theakstons Harrogate. The UK’s biggest crime fiction festival, at the Swan Hotel in Harrogate, with fabulous panel events, lots of other little happenings and of course THE LEGENDARY BEER TENT where authors, readers and publishing folk mingle. Twitter: @HarrogateFest Website: harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival
5th-7th Bute Noir. A fabulous wee festival on the island of Bute with panels and more – and some beautiful views with it. Their Facebook page is the most up to date (www.facebook.com/butenoir/) but they do have Twitter too (@ButeNoir).
13th-29th Edinburgh International Book Festival. The behemoth that is the EIBF returns in its new home of the Edinburgh College Of Art and also promises a hybrid event, which I am very happy to hear as while it’s not like being in the room, it’s a pretty excellent second-best if you are stymied by geography, finances, covid cautiousness or any other issue (I watched a few panels from the other side of Edinburgh last year while I was logged on for work, very handy). The programme is revealed on 8 June and tickets go on sale 23 June. Find out more on its website (www.edbookfest.co.uk/) and follow the Twitter feed (@edbookfest) for updates.
15th-18th Bloody Scotland will celebrate its tenth birthday in 2022, and is expanding to four days for the occasion. The programme won’t be out til the summer, but it’s always excellent – and hopefully they will repeat the hybrid festival of 2021, which I felt was (a few technical issues aside) really good. Website: bloodyscotland.com Twitter: @BloodyScotland
7th-9th Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh. My local book festival, so it has to have a mention! And there are always a few crime fiction events included, so do pop down to Edinburgh’s seaside if you can.
14th-20th is Book Week Scotland, with events in libraries and venues across the country. Keep an eye on their Twitter @BookWeekScot for a heads-up on when the programme is launched.
9th-11th is the return, in a new slot, for Newcastle Noir. Small, friendly, and affordable, it’s based in the Central Library – a great festival if you are flying solo or looking for something a bit more low key. Updates on the programme pop up on their Twitter feed (@NewcastleNoir) and the website (www.newcastlenoir.co.uk) also contains info about past festivals.