It’s nice to see…

Its nice to see changes happening and the gradual return of the face to face book event. Travel restrictions and covid measures have really impacted crime fiction events (as they have everything else) for the last couple of years so it is fantastic to see things happening offline again. This Saturday, 12th of February 2022, sees Bay Tales happening. It is a one day crime fiction event in Whitley Bay, on the coast right near Newcastle. They have some of crime fiction’s best selling authors including Ann Cleeves, Vaseem Khan, Gytha Lodge, Sarah Vaughan and Russ Thomas. Not to mention forensic pathologist and author of Unnatural Causes Dr Richard Shepherd. They have some great moderators too who I am sure will lead interesting conversations and laughs. Hey, its Tyneside, you know you are guaranteed to have good fun!

There are no Nordic authors are in attendance at Bay Tales unfortunately but a couple of weeks later you can see award winning Swedish author Anders de la Motte, Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dahl and debut Norwegian author Silje Ulstein at Granite Noir which is taking place in Aberdeen. This is a 3 day festival which offers much more than just book chat, it also includes music, historical talks, talks for writers about technique and how to get published, films and an escape room. There really is a lot going on. Excitingly they also have Louise Welsh talking about her new book The Second Cut which follows on from The Cutting Room which was published 20 years ago and I loved!

Click here for more information on Bay Tales and here for Granite Noir. Happy book festival tripping to you all.

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