Speakers & Authors

Gez Casey

A Newcastle University graduate, Gez Casey was the Literary Manager at Live Theatre in Newcastle for ten years.  He teaches playwriting and is the co-author of the online course Beaplaywright.com. He works at Arts Council England.

Jay Sykes

Jay Sykes is an award-winning audio producer & writer, his most acclaimed drama “SeaBurn” scooping him a Gold at the New York World’s Best Radio Awards in 2015. As an academic tutor of audio drama & radio production at the... Read more

Lisa Burns

Lisa Burns has been a primary school teacher in South Tyneside for seven years and has lived in South Shields for the same amount of time. Lisa is a group leader for Cuckoo Young Writers, part of New Writing North,... Read more

Victoria Watson

Victoria Watson is a writer, copy editor and Creative Writing tutor. She runs weekly writing groups in Newcastle and has won awards for both fiction and non-fiction.   Victoria is responsible for the Newcastle and Harrogate incarnations of Noir at... Read more

Dr Jacky Gramosi Collins

Dr Jacky Collins (Dr Noir) is Senior Lecturer in Film and TV at Northumbria University. She has a great passion for European Crime fiction, film & TV. In recent years, her keen interest in the genre has led to her... Read more

David Mark

David Mark spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post – walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels. He... Read more

Kirsten Luckins

Kirsten is a poet, performer and theatre-maker whose first collection, The Trouble With Compassion, is available from Burning Eye Books. You can follow her current projects at @ImeldaSays, or at kirstenluckins.wordpress.com

Alan Parkinson

Alan Parkinson is a popular local author and blogger. He wrote his first novel, Leg It, during a career break in 2001 and finally published it ten years later. Leg It has gained a cult following for its humorous depiction... Read more

Sally Green

Sally Green began writing in 2010 after working for twenty years in accountancy and business finance. She is the author of an internationally acclaimed trilogy of young adult fantasy novels, the first of which, Half Bad, was named Waterstones Best Book for Teenagers... Read more

Matthew Crow

Matthew Crow was born and raised in Newcastle. Having worked as a freelance journalist since his teens he has contributed to a number of publications including the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. He has written for adults and YA.... Read more

Heather Askwith

Heather Askwith is a 2017 Northern Writers’ Award winner, and signed with literary agent James Wills from Watson, Little last year. Her YA horror manuscript is in edits. Heather received Distinction for her MA Creative Writing last year and is... Read more

James Whitman

James Whitman is an author, playwright and creative writing tutor. He specialises in collaborating with artists and community groups, creating work that is both accessible and innovative. In 2016, James was a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards (Best Event... Read more

Ian Horn

Ian has performed his work widely including at Glastonbury and on Danish TV. He was Editor of ‘Verses United’, an anthology of football poetry and his last collection was, ‘The Singing Ducks of Amiens’. In his spare time, he likes... Read more

Jess Green

Jess Green is a performance poet and playwright who has performed at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2014 her poem, Dear Mr Gove received viral attention on Youtube. The poem was from her 5* poetry and... Read more

Rowan McCabe

Rowan McCabe is a poet from Newcastle upon Tyne. Aware that poetry isn’t a proper job, he decided to create his own and is now the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on stranger’s houses, he asks what is important to... Read more