The Horror! The Horror!

The Lit & Phil is one of the venues for this year’s Newcastle Winter Book Festival ( We’re having a crime-themed evening on Friday 23rd November: two events will be taking place, the first with three of Scotland’s finest practitioners of Tartan Noir –  Allan Guthrie, Tony Black  and Doug Johnstone. Later in the evening we have bestselling author John Connolly, creator of the Charlie Parker novels, discussing his work. The following day, Saturday 24th, we have a veritable horror-fest, with a clutch of writers and experts including Paul Magrs, Mark Morris, Ramsay Campbell, Stephen Volk and Gail-Nina Anderson. Check the NWBF website for all times,  prices and booking details.

 Not part of the NWBF, but certainly in an appropriate vein, is a Haunted and Bloody Newcastle walking tour  which one of our members (and city guide) Pat Lowery is leading on Thursday 22nd  November at 10.30am – if you’d like to sign up you must pay in advance,  so please contact the library soon as places are limited. The Castle Keep is the starting –off point.

 We’ve already told you that ITV want to shoot some scenes from Vera (starring Brenda Blethyn and David Leon) here. Well, it’s all systems go and we’ve had technicians in today preparing the main library and Silence Room for the filming, which will take place on Sunday. They are fiddling around with our lights, making the library rather gloomy…..and possibly the perfect setting for a crime…..

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