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Grab your deerstalkers and magnifying glasses; Newcastle Noir returns to The Lit & Phil this month to celebrate everything great about global crime fiction! Prior to the launch event, which features Stuart MacBride – famous for his books featuring Sergeant Logan McRae – four days of free fringe events will help whet your appetite for criminally compelling conversations at various venues between Tuesday 1st and Sunday 6th May.

Across the festival a series of panels will take on everything from psychological thrillers and police procedurals to how best to inject a grisly crime with a shot of humour. The Scottish scene, Nordic noir, the art of translating crime and multi-racial, international writing are also set to be placed under the microscope. After a debut performance at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and fuelled by whisky and beer, Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – featuring the likes of Val McDermid, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville – are also heading to The Cluny to murder a few tunes (all in the name of good fun, of course). Check the website for full dates and locations.

For those who’d rather be writing crime fiction than reading it, Crime Story pairs crime experts and authors for a unique writing festival at Northumbria University on Saturday 19th May, offering up another fascinating insight into the world of real-life criminal investigations. It’s headlined by Denise Mina, award-winning author of Gods And Beasts and The Long Drop, who’s written a scenario especially for the festival, with 15 other writers set to take part. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to know these are two events well worth investigating.

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