Bay Tales 2023 - PLAYHOUSE Whitely Bay

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Bay Tales 2023


  • Date: Saturday 4th March 2023
  • Time: 9.30am

After 2022’s phenomenally successful inaugural event, Whitley Bay Playhouse are delighted to welcome back the Bay Tales Live team and their patron Ann Cleeves with the biggest crime fiction festival in the North East.

This is your chance to hear from more than fifteen of the biggest and best authors across five panels of conversation.

2023 will see Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers, Richard and Judy Book Club picks and multi-award-winning writers talking about their books and inspiration.

Whether you’re a reader or a writer, you won’t want to miss this full-day event.

Already confirmed:

       Ann Cleeves, Bay Tales patron and author of Vera, Shetland, and the Matthew Venn series

       Brian McGilloway, New York Times bestselling author of the DS Lucy Black thrillers and Inspector Devlin mysteries

       Abir Mukherjee, Times bestselling author, and CWA Dagger for best Historical Novel for the Wyndham & Banerjee series

       Ruth Ware – Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of One by One, The Turn of the Key, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and more

       Jack Jordan – International bestselling author of My Girl, A Woman Scorned, and Do No Harm

       Lin Anderson – Author of the Rhona MacLeod series (described by the Daily Record as ‘the Best Scottish Crime Series Since Rebus’)

       Trevor Wood – Award winning author of the Newcastle-set Jimmy Mullen trilogy (optioned for TV by the production team behind Line of Duty)

       Jo Callaghan – Author of In the Blink of An Eye - one of 2023’s most anticipated debut novels

       Fiona Cummins – The award-winning author of When I Was Ten, The Neighbour and Into the Dark

       Alex North – Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Whisper Man and The Shadow Friend.

        C.J Tudor – Richard and Judy Pick, and author of The Chalk Man (coming to BBC), The Burning Girls (coming to Paramount +) and The Hiding Place (The Taking of Annie Thorne)

       Laure Van Rensburg – author of Nobody But Us – one of THE thrillers of 2022.

       Lia Middleton – author of the brilliant When They Find Her and Your Word Or Mine

CM Ewan: - ,the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Safe House,  A WIndow Breaks, and The Interview. . 

Jonathan Whitelaw -  The Bingo Hall Detectives is a cozy crime with a quirky setting, a great location, entertaining sleuths and a fiendish puzzle…

Karen Woods -  Described as ‘Manchester’s answer to Martina Cole’, Karen’s latest novels include Tracks and Vice

Nasheema Lennon - Debut author of The Engagement:  described as ‘a mind-bending, against-the-clock psych thriller debut’

In addition to the five panel sessions, there’ll be:

       Attendance by the bound bookshop – Whitley Bay’s independent bookshop.
       The opportunity to talk to, and get your books signed by, the authors attending.
       A charity raffle with money-can’t-buy prizes donated by authors, publishers, and local businesses
       Tote bags and merchandise on sale - a chance to get not-yet-released titles from the major publishers in the UK
       Discounts with selected local cafes, restaurants, and bars for Bay Tales attendees
       And more…

Audience feedback after Bay Tales Live 2022:

“An absolute triumph of an event!”

“A brilliant event – great value, great place and loads of fun!”

“It was fantastic. It was the first time coming to an event of this type and I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much nor did I expect to learn new things….(forensic pathology!). Well done to Bay Tales – bring on 2023!”

100% of survey responders from 2022’s show said they would come again.

Don’t miss out on the North East’s Crime Fiction Event of the Year

  • Date: Saturday 4th March 2023
  • Time: 9.30am
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  • Show Start 9.30am


    Show is expected to finish around 5.30pm


    Throughout the day


    Doors 8.45

    First Session 9.30 - 10.30

    Second Session 11.00 - 12.00

    Third Session 12.30 - 13.30

    Fourth Session 14.45 - 15.45

    Fifth Session 16.15 - 17.15

  • No smoking