The forthcoming few weeks are shaping up to be a busy time here at Elementary V Watson HQ. In addition to weekly writing groups and a steady stream of copy-editing work, I’m heading out into Newcastle to host, read and partake in a panel or two.

The first event is happening on Wednesday, 26th April at The Town Wall pub from 7pm where I will be hosting the latest Noir at the Bar NE as part of Newcastle Noir’s fringe build-up. This will be the fourth NatB I’ve hosted and the sixth I’ve been involved in over the past twelve months. It feels like a major achievement to have people coming to these events and to bring readers and writers of crime fiction together. Noir at the Bar is a wonderful event and it’s a pleasure to be involved. It’s free entry so it’s advisable to get down there sharpish to bag yourself a seat. Use hashtags #NoirattheBarNE #NoiratttheBar and #NatBNE when talking about the night.

On Saturday, 29th April, I’ll be on the late night Newcastle Noir panel ‘Presenting the Case‘ alongside major players Karen Sullivan, Quentin Bates, Miriam Owen, Susan Heads and Sarah Ward. We’ll be talking about writing, blogging and how publishing has changed in the digital age. I’m really nervous but I know what a wonderful festival Newcastle Noir is so there’s nowhere I’d rather be on a panel! You can book your tickets for Newcastle Noir here.

Then, after a couple of weeks of ‘normality’, I’ll be appearing at Pure Fiction alongside my buddy Rod Glenn on Thursday, 11th May. Starting at 7pm in Newcastle’s oldest pub (The Old George Inn), Pure Fiction is hosted by Elaine Cusack and will begin with a story by Sandy Chadwin. Following that, Rod and I will read excerpts of our work then take part in a Q&A. You can order tickets here or pay on the door.

After that, I hope to have news about this year’s summer writing retreat. There really is no rest for the wicked!