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Since its inception in Philadelphia in 2008, Noir at the Bar events have become a worldwide phenomenon for anyone with a passion for crime fiction, offering free readings from a host of both established and up and coming authors. Hosted by Whitley Bay writer Victoria Watson, Newcastle’s Noir at the Bar kicked off in 2016 and has since been a hit with both readers and writers, hosting Richard & Judy Book Club picks Gytha Lodge and Harriet Tyce among many others.

Originally, the bi-annual event was set to be hosted at The Town Wall at the end of April. Yet current events haven’t stopped Watson and other keen members of the crime fiction community from coming together to celebrate the genre. Since the beginning of April she’s been hosting weekly Noir at the Bar events via Zoom every Wednesday evening and she’ll be continuing throughout May, pledging to keep the gatherings going until the restrictions are lifted. Watson has already lined up a whole host of authors to join her, including noir juggernauts Ann Cleeves and Sarah Hillary alongside some of the genre’s rising stars. Whether you’re new to the style or a crime aficionado, Watson is continuing to bring the community together from their own homes.

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