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Books Editorial

newcastlenoir20.jpg 50 shades of noir

The criminally fun weekend that is Newcastle Noir is back again in early May for three days of shadowy fun at the City Library.

Murder, strictly of the literary kind, is never far from my mind (although I also think of it when that damn house alarm goes off on my street for hours on end. Whoever installed it needs garrotting without mercy). If you’re of a similar bent – never happier than when you’re up to your eyes in corpses – then you need to get some Newcastle Noir into your life. This year they’ve got a plethora of top authors beating a path to their door including LJ Ross. She’s responsible for the best-selling DCI Ryan series of thrillers, which uses north-east locales to stunning effect, from Holy Island to the Angel of the North. Also appearing is Howard Linskey who is best known for the David Blake crime series, which, again, are set in the north-east. Mari Hannah is another local author who has been lauded to the high heavens. Her debut novel ‘The Murder Wall’ won her the Polari First Book prize and it’s follow up, ‘Settled Blood’ picked up a Northern Writers award. Other authors to look out for include Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Jane Casey, William Shaw and Liz Nugent. Discover the full programme from the website, below.

Newcastle Noir, Friday 1-Sunday 3 May, Newcastle City Library. newcastlenoir.co.uk