It's a Northern Festival so why wouldn't we prominently feature those National Treasures from the best bit of the UK!
Join them as they discuss their work, what inspires them and, of course, what being northern brings to a life of crime.
Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.
The first novel in Mike's new series, the critically acclaimed 'The Puppet Show', has already been snapped up for a TV adaption by Studio Lambert and moved into development earlier in the year.
You can find out more about Mike via his website - www.mwcraven.com
Or, you can follow him on Twitter - @MWCravenUK
Nick Oldham has written 30 crime novels including 25 in the highly addictive and compelling Henry Christie police procedural crime series which he’s now developing into a TV series starting with Nightmare City.
For much of his police career he worked a lot in Blackpool and as he says “Murder was a frequent visitor to Blackpool” so decided that was where Henry Christie would be stationed. “The resort attracts more than 10 million tourists a year, with a surge in the summer and lull in winter and is teeming with amusement arcades, cafes, iffy clubs and pubs, 3 piers and the famous tower so crime flourishes, including murders and Blackpool is a leading character itself in the books and I believe that real locations give a gritty authenticity”.
He’s also written two novelisations based on two big crime films Vendetta and We Still Kill The Old way.
The latest Henry Christie thriller, Bad Cops was published in December 2017.
Nick lives near Preston with his wife Belinda and, occasionally, their three children, Philip, Jessica and James. You can follow Nick on Twitter.
After a career in education Ruth Sutton started writing fiction in 2008 and published her first novel ‘A Good Liar’ four years later. Two more novels followed – ‘Forgiven’ (2013) and ‘Fallout’ (2014) – to make up her West Cumbrian trilogy ‘Between the Mountains and the Sea’. These were all self-published under the imprint Hoad Press.
Two crime novels followed, featuring Barrow-based journalist Judith Pharaoh, the grand daughter of Jessie Whelan, heroine of the trilogy. These books, ‘Cruel Tide’ (2105) and ‘Fatal Reckoning’ (2016) were published in paperback by Hoad Press and as ebooks by Fahrenheit Press. Her latest novel ‘Burning Secrets’ is another crime story, set in Cumbria during the 2001 Foot and Mouth crisis. ‘Burning Secrets’ will be published by Hoad Press and Fahrenheit Press in June 2018.
Ruth lives in Waberthwaite on the West Cumbrian coast.
Roz Watkins is the author of the DI Meg Dalton crime series, which is set in The Peak District where she lives. The first book in the series, THE DEVIL'S DICE, was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger Award and has been optioned for TV. Roz previously worked as a partner in a firm of patent attorneys in Derby, but this has nothing to do with there being a dead one in her novel! When she's not writing, Roz helps her partner run their holiday cottages near Wirksworth, ably assisted by a menagerie of demanding animals.
You can find out more about Roz by visiting her website - www.rozwatkins.co.uk.
Or, you can follow her on Twitter - @RozWatkins
Robert Parker is the author of the Ben Bracken thrillers 'A Wanted Man' and 'Morte Point', and the standalone country noir 'Crook's Hollow'. A married father of three, who lives in a village close to Manchester, UK, he has both a law degree and a degree in film and media production, and has worked in numerous employment positions, ranging from solicitor's agent (essentially a courtroom gun for hire), to a van driver, to a warehouse order picker, to a commercial video director.
He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores. In his spare time he adores pretty much all sport, boxing regularly for charity, loves fiction across all mediums, and his glass is always half full.