After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, literary festival Newcastle Noir is bringing crime back to Newcastle’s City Library on 5 December 2021. I caught up with festival organiser Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir to talk about the festival and our love affair with crime fiction. Newcastle Noir originally started as a one-day event How […]
Author: Abbie Rutherford
It was reported last week that some Covid restrictions had been increased within parliament following 114 cases of Covid-19 being linked to the Westminster estate between 4 October and 5 November. MPs have been told to wear masks and advised that face-to-face meetings should be avoided if possible, while tours of the building have been […]
Local author Marrisse Whittaker’s latest novel The Devil’s Line is due to be published on 10 November. It is the second in the DSI Billie Wilde series, following on from her successful debut novel The Magpie, and it promises to be a gripping and gritty read. Marrisse has had a fascinating career; she has been […]
Six people attend the viewing of an upmarket apartment on New Year’s Eve when an incompetent bank robber takes them hostage. Backman’s tale of strangers who are thrown together in unexpected circumstances, along with the police investigation, is really the story of ‘idiots’ (as Backman refers to them) trying to get through life in the […]
The UK government still says that it is not time for their ‘Plan B’. Meanwhile for many people ‘Freedom Day’ felt like ‘Anxiety Day’.
Firefighter, Annabel Evans, of Sunderland has gained distinction grades ‘across the board in her training with TWFRS.
The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker is a brutal yet strangely beautiful and visceral examination of child-on-child murder that simultaneously evokes repulsion and sympathy. It follows Chrissie, an eight-year-old child growing up in a poverty-stricken area with a mother who neglects her, and Julie, a young woman trying to bring up her daughter, […]