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The last few years have seen a big growth in events for fans of crime fiction in the North East. With Newcastle Noir at the Lit and Phil and Gateshead Libraries’ rolling programme of crime writer talks, the North East’s crime fiction scene is providing lots for the crime enthusiast to get their magnifying glasses out for. After a successful first outing last year, the Crime Story seminars are back at Northumbria University. Last year the event, run in conjunction with New Writing North, came in the form of a two-day festival but this year the format has changed to a series of evening seminars at the University so participants can choose just to attend the parts that interest them. The seminars are aimed at a wide audience so, budding crime writers and readers will find something to interest them.

Some of the talks look at quite specific areas of criminal investigation techniques – for instance Dr Kelly Sheridan’s seminar on textile fibres in forensic investigation – whereas others cover more general ground – such as Professor Michael Green’s seminar looking at the changing nature of crime fiction. Some of the events seek to challenge commonly-held beliefs around crime, including Peter Francis’s seminar on victim narratives, where he will contrast what is known about victims with the way they are portrayed in crime fiction.

One seminar that might hold a special interest for Northern fans of crime writing is Jacky Collins’s seminar Crime with a Northern Edge. She will look at writers from the region and explore what makes stories from the region stand out as well as considering what support is available for writers of crime fiction here in the North East.

The seminars run from March to May, all taking place between 5pm and 7pm at Northumbria University. To find out more about the programme and how to get involved, visit the Crime Story Seminars website.

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