Newcastle Noir @ The Lit & Phil

by The Lit & Phil in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

Newcastle Noir @ The Lit & Phil
We did it
On 5th March 2018 we successfully raised £3,280 with 37 supporters in 28 days

We invite established and emerging authors to the friendliest crime-writing festival. We want to grow the event and widen our audience.

by The Lit & Phil in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated money so far, we have honestly been overwhelmed by the response. It has been lovely to read the comments too, to hear how much support there is for Newcastle Noir @ The Lit & Phil. Now that the target has been reached and people are still keen to donate, we have decided to add a stretch target. This extra money will ensure that Newcastle Noir @ The Lit & Phil will be secure for another year. 

Thank you - we look forward to seeing you at Newcastle Noir - 5th and 6th May 2018 (Fringe events start on 1st May, launch on 4th May).

Newcastle Noir 2018 will be launched on Friday 4th May and take place over the first Bank Holiday weekend (5/6th May). This will be the 4th Newcastle Noir and it has gained considerable momentum in that time. It’s a great festival for our region and with it comes a wealth of crime-writing expertise and wonderful characters from the local area, the UK and much further afield.

This year we will welcome over 40 crime writers, experts and publishers from far and wide to talk about their love for and experience of the subject. We bring together established authors like Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves and Stuart MacBride with emerging talent from the UK and beyond. Authors are grouped into panels and so each event is a discussion with three or four authors. We are pleased to offer a range of panels with themes including Crime in Translation, Norwegian Noir and Psychological Thriller.

As well as the author panels, visitors can participate in writing workshops and walking tours of the city that have a murderous theme.

Despite the subject, Newcastle Noir is the friendliest of crime-writing festivals, held in the most beautiful of locations. It’s a very informal atmosphere; the majority of authors can be seen all weekend, supporting their fellow authors and chatting to their readers. 

We have always wanted to maintain the accessibility of Newcastle Noir, and so try to keep prices as low as we can and we always offer a concessionary rate. We want everyone who would like to attend, to be able to do so.

The festival organisers do this for the love of crime fiction, and take no fee. Much time is given ‘in-kind’ and overheads are low.The only expenditure is fees for the authors, and some promotional costs. If any money is left over, it goes back into the Newcastle Noir pot for the following year. 

We are also able to offer volunteering opportunities throughout the festival, enabling people to learn and develop skills, as well as feel part of something very special. We need people to distribute promotional material, greet and direct people, steward at events, set up rooms and serve refreshments.

We would really like a little extra support in order to pay authors, and to spend on promoting the festival to wider audiences.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Your choice of 4 x Lit & Phil postcards

We have a selection of postcards with images taken from the collection.

£10 or more

1 of 30 claimed

Your choice of 4 x Lit & Phil notecards

We have a selection of folding notecards, each using an image taken from the Lit & Phil collection. Notecards are supplied with envelopes.

£15 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Newcastle Noir bag and 4 x Lit & Phil postcards

The cotton bags feature our Newcastle Noir bloodspatter logo. Choose 4 from our selection of postcards!

£20 or more

4 of 20 claimed

Lit & Phil Mug

Lovely bone china mug, complete with the Lit & Phil logo

£25 or more

5 of 10 claimed

A signed crime fiction book

A crime fiction book, signed by the author. These books have been kindly donated by Helen at Forum Books

£50 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Writer's Surgery with Shelley Day

Find out more about writing and getting published with someone who has recent experience. Shelley Day's debut novel 'The Confession of Stella Moon' was published in July 2016. The novel won the Andrea Badenoch Award, and was shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and the Dundee International Book Prize. It was also long-listed for the Bath Novel Award and the Guardian’s #NotTheBooker prize.

£150 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Newcastle Noir Weekend Pass + the Cluny gig

A Weekend Pass for Newcastle Noir gives you entry to all of the panel discussions on both days of the festival. We have a great line-up of authors including Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Clare Mackintosh. And a ticket for the 'Fun Lovin' Crime Writers' performing at The Cluny. This merry band of best-selling crime writers have a set list of carefully chosen cover versions with a distinctly criminal flavour.

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Lit & Phil Membership including Music Library

Annual membership to the biggest independent Library outside London. If you are already a member, the next year of your membership will be paid for.

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