Newcastle crime writers create anthology for NHS

Newcastle crime writers create anthology for NHS

A group of crime writers have collaborated to produce a short story collection during the UK lockdown, with all proceeds to go to NHS Charities Together.

The Newcastle based literary group, Noir at the Bar, has set up a series of online author talks and workshops, to replicate the physical events. The inspiration for the book came from the virtual meetings.

The collection features over 20 writers, including Neil Broadfoot (pictured), Roz Watkins, Sharon Bolton and Zoe Sharp.

The group's founder Vic Watson said: “Although we run our events from a local pub, they have previously attracted writers visiting the UK from Iceland, Germany and America, so we knew there would be a global appetite for people to get involved in a virtual event. Running Virtual Noir at the Bar has given us the ability to host writers from across world, together in the one space. We’ve even had authors in New Zealand getting up at 6:30am to appear and bringing an audience with them!

 “As with our events, I’m keen to showcase new and emerging writers alongside established authors within the anthology. People may buy it because of the writers they’re familiar with, but they’ll be treated to stories from writers that within a few years will be household names.”

Titled Noir from the Bar, an Amazon Kindle edition of the anthology will be available to download from 10th June, with a paperback to follow (details to be confirmed).