Bay Tales LIVE

Saturday 12th February, 2022

Whitley Bay Playhouse 09:30 – 17:00 (Doors Open 08:30)

All Day Tickets £30 + Booking Fee from:

From the team behind Virtual Noir at the Bar – shortlisted for FutureBook’s Event of the Year 2020 – comes Bay Tales Live, a one-day event showcasing the biggest and brightest names in crime writing.

Join us on Saturday 12th February 2022 for your chance to see some of the country’s best-selling crime authors as they discuss their works and answer your questions. 
Meet the authors, grab signed books from our official booksellers, bag exclusive prizes and enjoy sneak peeks of the hottest crime fiction blockbusters of 2022. 

09:15-09:30: Welcome…

Steph McGovern (Steph’s Packed Lunch, Channel 4) joins Ann Cleeves and the Bay Tales team on stage for welcome and introductions.

09:30-1015: In Conversation…

Photograph of Ann Cleeves - Author of Vera, Shetland and Two Rivers

Ann Cleeves, CWA Diamond Dagger Recipientauthor of Vera, Shetland and Two Rivers.


Photgraph of Vaseem Khan - author of Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series

Vaseem KhanCWA Historical Dagger winner and author of the Baby Ganesh Agency series and the Malabar House series.

Followed by Panel Discussions:

10:15 – 11:15 Quercus Present:

Crime City

Photograph of Trevor Wood, author of The Man on the Street

Trevor Wood, winner of the CWA Debut of the Year for his Newcastle-based The Man on the Street.

Photograph of Olivia Kiernan, author of the Frankie Sheehan series

Olivia Kiernan – author of the highly acclaimed Frankie Sheehan series.

Amen Alongeauthor of Good Day to Die – released February 2022

Image of Simon and Schuster Publishing Company logo.

11:45 – 12:45 Simon & Schuster Present:

From Killer Twists to Perfect Plots

Photograph of Russ Thomas, author of Firewatching  and Nighthawking

Russ Thomas – author of the number one bestseller, Firewatching and Nighthawking.

Photograph of Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

Sarah Vaughan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal, recently adapted for Netflix.

Photograph of Louise Candlish author of Our House

Louise Candlish – Sunday Times bestselling author of Our House, soon to be screened on ITV. 

Photograph of Kate Ruby author of Tell Me Your Lies

Kate Ruby –pseudonym of one of the UK’s top TV & film producers, Kate’s debut novel Tell Me Your Lies comes out 2022.


13:30 – 15:15 Michael Joseph Penguin Random House Present:

Killer Conversations With…

Photograph of Howard Linskey, author of the David Blake series

Howard Linskey – North East’s own author of the David Blake series.

Photograph of Tim Weaver - author of the David Raker Missing Persons series

Tim Weaver – Sunday Times best selling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series.

Photograph of Gytha Lodge, author of the Jonah Sheens series

Gytha Lodge – Richard & Judy and Sunday Times Pick author of the Jonah Sheens series.

Photograph of Amy McCulloch, author of Breathless

Amy McCulloch mountaineer and bestselling YA author whose debut crime novel Breathless is out in 2022.

Image of Michael Joseph Penguin Random House

In Conversation With…

Photograph of Dr Richard Shepherd author of Unnatural Causes

Dr Richard Shepherd – Britain’s foremost forensic pathologist and best-selling author of Unnatural Causes.


15:45 – 16:45 – Transworld Publishers Present:

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Photograph of Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour and The Dare

Lesley Kara – Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rumour and The Dare.

Photograph of Nikki May, author of Wahala

Nikki May – author of Wahala, set to be one of THE debuts of 2022.

Photograph of Lauren North, author of Safe at Home

Lauren North author of Safe at Home and The Perfect Betrayal.

Moderators Include:

Derek Farrell – author of the Danny Bird series.

Fiona Erskine – author of the Dr Jaq Silver series.

Ayo Onatade – CWA Red Herring award winning freelance crime fiction critic and commentator.

Simon Bewick – Half of Bay Tales and Virtual Noir at the Bar.

Vic Watson – Half of Bay Tales and Virtual Noir at the Bar and founder of the North East branch of Noir at the Bar.

On-site Bookshop and Author Signings

We’ve partnered with the bound / Forum Books who’ll be selling books on the day and giving you the chance to get your copies signed.

Join us in Whitley Bay for the UK’s Newest Crime Festival

Playhouse Whitley Bay logo

We’re proud of our home town – featured in TV series including Vera, Spender, 55 Degrees North and Byker Grove, movies including The Likely Lads, Goal!, and immortalised in the song Tunnel of Love by Dire Straits – and we’d love to have you join us for our first Bay Tales Live event at the state-of-the-art Playhouse, opposite the iconic Spanish City.

Less than 10 miles – and 25 minutes by Metro – from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Whitley Bay is easy to get to by car, bus, taxi or Metro and has a range of low cost hotels & B&Bs and great places to eat and drink.

We’ve loved bringing you the virtual shows via Virtual Noir at the Bar and Bay Tales, and we’ll be continuing to run those. But, if like us, you’ve missed the chance to see your favourite authors and to chat with fellow crime fiction enthusiasts in-person, we’d be thrilled for you to join us at what we believe is the best value, most exciting new literary festival of 2022.

Check out our Promotional Video!