Bay Tales 2024 - PLAYHOUSE Whitely Bay

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Bay Tales 2024


  • Date: Saturday 2nd March 2024
  • Time: 9.30am

Returning for a third year, Bay Tales Live is an all-day event featuring some of the biggest and best crime and mystery authors, appearing in panels to talk about their work and influences, reveal details of their latest books and dedicate copies (available on the day from onsite bookshop, the bound).

This year’s line-up features:

Ann Cleeves in Conversation:

Ann Cleeves Bay Tales’s patron, author of Vera, Shetland, and the Two Rivers has chosen her special guest for 2024’s show:

Emma Flint Author of Little Deaths - nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award - and Other Women, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick for 2023.

Moderated by Tim Rideout, PhD, one of our favourite facilitators.

The Simon & Schuster UK Panel:

Nicci French International bestselling duo of the Frieda Klein series, plus The Lying Room, House of Correction, The Unheard, and The Favour.

Hannah Richell Richard and Judy Book Club, Waterstones Book Club and WH Smith Book of the Week author of The Peacock Summer, The River Home and the forthcoming The Search Party.

Katherine Bradley Author of The Sisterhood - described as 'Vox meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this feminist reimagining of 1984’.

Moderated by Vaseem Khan Bestselling author of the Malabar House & Baby Ganesh series, CWA chair, and co-host of The Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast.

The Penguin Michael Joseph Panel:

Claire Douglas Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Couple At No 9, The Girls Who Disappeared, The Woman Who Lied, The Sisters and more.

Amy McCulloch Named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2013, Amy has since written several novels for children and young adults. Her debut adult thriller - Breathless - was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and Sunday Times Book of the Month.

Gillian McAllister Former solicitor, British Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, Gillian’s novels have been picked for Reese Witherspoon and Richard & Judy’s book clubs. Several of her bestselling novels have been optioned for TV and film.

Moderated by Jonathan Whitelaw Journalist, broadcaster and author of The Bingo Hall Detectives and The Village Hall Vendetta.

The Pan Macmillan Panel

Araminta Hall Author of Everything & Nothing (a Richard & Judy read), Dot, Perfect Strangers, Hidden Depths and Our Kind of Cruelty. Her forthcoming novel, One of the Good Guys, due for release in Jan 2024 is described by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) as 'a resonant, razor-laced, and dangerously glittering novel’.

C L Miller The Antique Hunter's Guide to Murder will be published Feb 2024 and is set to be one of the biggest cozy crime releases of the year.

Alice Feeney New York Times million-copy bestselling author of titles including Rock Paper Scissors (coming to TV from the producer of The Crown),  Daisy Darker and her sixth novel Good Bad Girl.

Moderated by CM Ewan Author of The House Hunt,  A Window Breaks and, fittingly for his role in 2024, The Interview joins us once again - this time asking the questions!

Bay Tales 2024: Very Special Guest Interview

Val McDermid

We’re thrilled to be joined by Val, author of international bestselling titles including The Wire in the Blood, the Karen Pirie, and Allie Burns series which have sold over 19 million copies around the world.

Val will be in conversation with our special guest interviewer Steph McGovern (Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch).

In addition to the onsite bookshop, Bay Tales merchandise stand (including our legendary tote bags), Money-Can’t-Buy-Charity raffle, if you buy a full day ticket, you can apply for free places at our fringe events over the weekend: Noir at the Bar on Friday night,  Saturday night’s Northern Crime Writers event, and Red Hot Chilli Writers on Sunday morning’s .

But get your full day tickets fast – fringe event places are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis due to limited capacity at fringe venues.

See for more information about booking your fringe place.

  • Date: Saturday 2nd March 2024
  • Time: 9.30am
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  • Show Start 9.30

    Lunch Break 13.30

    Show Restart 14:45

    Show End 17:30

  • No smoking