VNatB at Crawley WordFest

On February 23rd we hosted a special one-off Virtual Noir at the Bar on behalf of Crawley WordFest

You can view the recording of the show below.

We were thrilled to welcome A. A. Chaudhuri, Amen Alonge, Trevor Wood, SJ Watson, Awais Khan, Neil Lancaster, Abir Mukherjee, Eve Smith, Jack Jordan, Russ Thomas and Victoria Selman.

With so much writing goodness we’ve had to split the show in two.

See Part 1:

And here’s Part 2:


Her Last Holiday Launch

Her Last Holiday Cover
Her Last Holiday

On Thursday 20th January we were delighted to host Avon’s launch of CL Taylor’s Her Last Holiday paperback release

Mark Edwards and Claire Douglas joined Cally Taylor to talk about writing habits, inspiration and, yes, a little bit of Jason Momoa.

You can see the recording below.

You come to Soul Shrink to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

Her Last Holiday Recording

Bay Tales Live #9 Recording

In our November show we were joined by Simon Beckett and Catherine Steadman in our main interview, Emily Edwards reading from her forthcoming novel The Herd, and Dan Stubbings reviewing Deity by Matt Weselowski. Plus Simon and Vic give their reviews of some recent reads from the likes of Amen Alonge, Nikki May, Danny Marshall, Dr Richard Shepherd, Barry Eisler and Lori Ann Stephens.


Bay Tales/ VNATB Show

October 26th Bay Tales/ Virtual Noir at the Bar Crossover Show

To whet your appetites for our first physical show – being held on Saturday February 12th, 2022 at the Whitley Bay Playhouse (more details here) we invited some of the authors who will be appearing on the panels to read from their work on this show.

And were we in for a treat! First time readers, exclusive preview readings and more…

We started with Amen Alonge, Amy McCulloch, Vaseem Khan and Lesley Kara in Part 1 below

In Part 2 you can see Howard Linskey, Nikki May, Gytha Lodge, Russ Thomas and Trevor Wood

We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it to Bay Tales Live on February 12th in Whitley Bay!


Winter Counts Recording

We were thrilled to host David Heska Wanbli Weiden for Simon and Schuster’s UK launch of Winter Counts – the multi award winning tale of Virgil Wounded Horse-the local enforcer on the Rosebud Native American Reservation, in his first outing.

You can see the video (well, actually we had such a fun evening we had to split the show into two parts) below.

In Part 1 you can see David interviewed by our very own Vic Watson, read the opening chapter of the book, and answer questions from guest authors Robert Scragg, Rob Reynolds, James Delargy and SA Cosby.

Part 1

In Part 2 we just opened things up and let the five authors ask each other questions and take a few queries from the audience. So find out here what they think the ‘line’ is when writing violence, whether they’re plotters or pantsers, how important character and location is in their work and who their favourite authors are…plus lots more.

Part 2

It was one of the most popular nights we’ve ever had at Bay Tales – take a look now to see why many viewers on Social Media was saying it was the best virutal event they’ve been to!

And remember to check out our other events – both future, and recordings via our Events page here


The Heights – Recording

We were thrilled to help Simon and Schuster with the virtual launch of Louise Candlish’s new thriller, The Heights.

The Heights – Louise Candlish: Virtual Launch hosted by Bay Tales for Simon & Schuster

Joining us on the hour long conversation with Louise were TM Logan and Lisa Jewell, who had their own questions to ask (and to answer a couple in return!)


Bay Tales Live #8

On Bay Tales Live #8 Vic and Simon talked about three books each they’d read or were looking forward to followed by James Routledge from bound bookshop reviewing A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz

We were then thrilled to be joined by Joanne Harris who read from her forthcoming novel A Narrow Door.

You can find all this in Part 1 below.

Bay Tales Live #8 Part 1

Our main interview saw Vic talking to Olivia Kiernan and James Delargy – talking location, character, plotting and a whole lot more. And as a bonus we were joined by Steve Cavanagh, reading excerpts from his soon-to-be-released book The Devil’s Advocate. You can see the extended interview in Part 2 here.


Bay Tales Live #7

On Bay Tales Live #7 Vic and Simon talked about three books each they’d read or were looking forward to followed by DV Bishop reviewing Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison

We were then joined by Chris McDonald who gave us a sneak preview of his new Stonebridge Mystery.

You can find all this in Part 1 below.

Our main interview saw Vic speaking to MJ Arlidge and Helene Flood. They talked about research, learnings from writing, keeping a series fresh, as well as their background and personal approaches to writing. You can see the extended interview in Part 2 here.


Bay Tales Live #6

For our sixth show we had an extended interview with the great Martin Edwards, guest reviewer Sharon Bairden reviewing Anna Smith’s book ‘Trapped‘ and a reading from Martin Walker reading from his Dordogne Mysteries. Plus bonus mystery guest reader Derek Farrell giving us a sneak preview from his new Danny Bird novel.

To make things easier we’ve split the show into two.

Part 1:

Vic and Simon give us a preview of six books coming soon they’re looking forward to.

Sharon Bairden reviews ‘Trapped

Martin Walker reads from his new novel The Coldest Case

Part 2

Vic has an extended chat with Martin Edwards about his novel and short story writing, being a member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, the Detection Club and much more.

And finally, as an additional little treat, we have Derek Farrell giving us a sneak preview of his forthcoming novel Death at Duke’s Halt.


Bay Tales Live #5

On Bay Tales Live #5 we were joined by Noelle Holten, who gave us a glowing review of ‘The Nurse‘ by JA Corrigan. We then had a fantastic reading from Lia Middleton of her debut novel, When They Find Her.

You can find these, along with our introduction and recommendations of forthcoming books in part 1 below.

Our main interview saw Vic speaking to SJ Watson and Anna Bailey. They talked about character identification and development, use of location, plotting and planning, what it’s like to write your first novel, what it’s like to have your work turned into a major film and much, much more. You can see the extended interview in part 2 riiiiiiiiight here.