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Crime and Hard Times by the Dirty River: An evening of Hull Noir

York Explore
2nd November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm £7.50

Join the panel to discuss Hull and Humberside as locations for gripping crime fiction, and to explore Hull Noir, an official 2017 UK City of Culture festival.

The panel will include  Nick Quantrill, Louise Beech and David Young and David Mark.

Hull Noir 2017 is a crime-writing festival featuring the best of British and international crime fiction.

We’re proud to be taking a taste of the festival, the city’s first, on the road to York’s Big City Read with writers David Mark and Louise Beech, whose work takes readers from the shadowy backstreets of Hull Old Town to the waterfront, and David Young, who is no stranger to the city.

Devised as part of Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture 2017, the event promises to be uniquely ‘Hull’, and is chaired by crime author, Nick Quantrill.


Louise has been writing since she could hold a pen. But it took eight years, four novels, and thousands of rejections to get a book deal. Orenda Books published How to be Brave in 2015. The Mountain in my Shoe came out last year and Maria in the Moon will be released in September 2017. She is working on book four.

Born and raised in Cottingham, David Young now lives in Twickenham – but still supports Hull City. His debut Stasi Child – a crime thriller set in 1970s East Germany – won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. Stasi Child was an official top twenty paperback bestseller, with rights sold to eleven territories. The follow-up Stasi Wolf, published in February 2017, was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Three more novels in the series were recently signed by his publisher, Bonnier Zaffre.

D.M. Mark is the historical alter ego of bestselling thriller writer David Mark. He has written six novels in the McAvoy series. Dark Winter was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Timesbestseller. The Zealot’s Bones is his first historical crime novel. He chose to delve into the past after deciding that some stories served up by his twisted imagination are just too disturbing to feature in the present.

Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. His crime novels are published by Caffeine Nights, the latest being “The Dead Can’t Talk”. A prolific short story writer, Nick’s work has appeared in various volumes of “The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime”. Nick is also the co-founder of the Hull Noir festival and regularly writes for the official 2017 UK City of Culture website.




2nd November 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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