Jack Brooke-Battersby
By Jack Brooke-Battersby

Senior Staff Writer

2 November 2021

| | 2 min read


Newcastle Noir is back in business this year at City Library

The North East’s favourite crime fiction festival returns on Sunday 5 December with eight panels celebrating the very best of Northern Crime Writing.

Newcastle Noir
Newcastle Noir

This year, the second that the event has been held in Newcastle’s City Library, is somewhat scaled down and takes place over just one day. Events will be held in the library expansive atrium to allow for social distancing and to help people feel relaxed and comfortable.

Tickets went on sale last week, and some panels have already sold out. Some highlights include:

In the Line of Duty: There’s something about a police procedural that takes the reader to the heart of the crime and up close and personal with those bringing law and order to dark, disturbed places. We examine what makes a successful fictional detective and why we’re ever drawn to watching them uncover the truth.

Will We Ever Get Out of Here? Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie and Gaston Leroux first showed us the criminally delicious tension and intrigue that was to be found in the locked-room mystery. Fast forward 80 years and our authors on this panel will demonstrate the tremendous flexibility of this mystery subgenre. 

Don’t Look Away! Writing stories that dare us to consider what we often prefer to ignore takes great skill and sensitivity. Three thought-provoking authors bring the reader face to face with the shocking and unthinkable.

Our partners Forum Books of Corbridge will be selling books, and authors will sign them for you – a perfect Christmas gift.

For more information on the panels, the books and the authors which include crime-writing queens Mari Hannah, Ann Cleeves and LJ Ross visit the Newcastle Noir website.