About Bay Tales

This is where you can find out more about the team behind Bay Tales and the additional services we offer

What is Bay Tales?

Bay Tales is the brand new venture from the team behind Virtual Noir at the Bar.

We’re looking to bring you the best in fiction – whether you’re a reader, an author (established or hopeful) or a bit of both! We’ve got some big plans in the pipeline – both online and offline … we’re starting off with what we know best – virtual events – but there’s a lot more to come…!

Why Bay Tales? We’re both from the North East of England and within easy reach of the sea. But don’t get the idea that this is only for writers or readers from the North East – this is for everyone: wherever you are in the world. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our time running Virtual Noir at the Bar it’s that we don’t have to be limited by geography … we’re looking to make this as global as VNatB was…

Simon Bewick

I have worked in publishing for almost three decades – 25 years with Oxford University Press, including more than ten years as Global Head of Digital Marketing and, since moving back to my native North East, as an independent marketing consultant where I have worked with a wide range of publishers, FMCGs, Charities, Educational Providers and others. Consultancy provided has included brand development, marketing planning, web visioning, digital campaign creation, online events and conferences, and both strategic and tactical support. You can find out more about what I do professionally at my business website here

I came on board to help Vic when she was looking to turn Noir at the Bar into a virtual event back in April and we’re looking forward to working together to bring you our new venture, Bay Tales.

As an aspiring writer and voracious reader myself, I know what I like in fiction and hope you’ll enjoy some of the things we have planned too!

Vic Watson

I run my own proofreading, copy-editing and Creative Writing business.

I’m an award-winning writer with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

I started running Noir at the Bar (Newcastle Chapter) in 2016, and have hosted over 220 authors from around the world during our 22 week run of Virtual Noir at the Bar.

Marketing and Editing Services

If you’re looking for help with your own marketing, writing or event activity, we are available for consultancy.

Whether you’re a major publisher, an independent, an aspiring or established writer, we can help. (And if you’re not in publishing – we’ve got plenty of experience there as well…)

Areas we can assist with include the following (clicking on a link will allow you to send an email to Simon or Vic depending on the area you’re interested in discussing further):