Two bits of good news in one, in fact. One, Noir at the Bar, the popular and successful event series held regularly in the US, is now coming to Britain. To Carlisle, in fact, on 10 March at the brilliantly-named Moo Bar.
And two, I’ll be taking part. Only a very small part, alongside a raft of other well (better!) known crime, noir and thriller authors, hailing from the Far North of England and southern Scotland. Names booked so far include Graham Smith, Mike Craven, Matt Hilton, Zoe Sharp, Neil White, Paul Finch, Jay Stringer, James Hilton, Lucy Cameron, and yours truly. There’ll also be a guest slot on the night which members of the audience can compete for. Less ‘Gladiators’ than ‘the Sorting Hat’, I hasten to add.
So, why not come along to the Moo Bar (3-5 Devonshire St, Carlisle) at 7pm on the 10th, to hear these authors reading from their work, and hanging round for a chat afterwards. There’ll even be free books on offer. And drinks. It is a bar after all!
My own freebie is a copy of Shotgun Honey presents: Locked and Loaded (Both Barrels #3), which includes my short story ‘Running Late’, about a less-than-pure cop who’s running out of time.
Noir at the Bar looks set to turn into a regular fixture over here as well, but you’d be a silly moo to miss this inaugural event, which should be absolutely brilliant. I hope to see you there.