Events

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 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 (including a live one-day festival next year!): 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)

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/
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

Events diary

2021

NOVEMBER

13th Perfect Crime, Liverpool. A one-day festival at the Radisson Blu hotel with a stellar cast of authors, now in person after it launched last year online. It’s a one-price-for-the-whole-day deal, rather than panel-by-panel tickets. Twitter: @PerfectCrimeUK Website: perfectcrime.uk

DECEMBER

5th Newcastle Noir. A compact, bijou one-day Newcastle Noir has been announced, full details to come but it promises to focus on northern voices. Based at the city’s Central Library. Twitter: @NewcastleNoir Website: newcastlenoir.co.uk

2022

FEBRUARY

12th Bay Tales Live, Whitley Bay Playhouse, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The people behind Newcastle’s Noir at the Bar, VNatB and now Bay Tales online are putting on their first live in person mini-festival. A day packed with panels and author chats, all just a stone’s throw from the beach. Lovely. Twitter: @bay_tales Website: baytales.com

MAY

12th-15th CrimeFest. Head to Bristol for this three-day festival of crime fiction in all shapes and forms – the team are confident of delivering a live event, after two years away. Tickets are available now. Check out the website (www.crimefest.com) or their Twitter (@CrimeFest) for further details.

JUNE

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. Twitter: @CrimeLyme Website: www.lymecrime.co.uk

JULY

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

SEPTEMBER

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 next summer, but it’s definitely one for the diary right now – and hopefully they will repeat the hybrid festival of 2021, which I felt was (a few technical issues aside) really excellent. Website: bloodyscotland.com Twitter: @BloodyScotland

OCTOBER

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.

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