Writing Resources

This in an evolving page and features ad hoc sources and resources for writers. Click on the links for more info. They have been included for information and educational purposes ONLY. There are no endorsements from me. Nor are any affiliate fees involved.

Authors (North Northumberland, North East/West & Borders)

Ann Cleeves

Mari Hannah

Mike Herron 

Chris McGeorge 

Louise Ross

Judith O’Reilly 

Rob Parker 

Adam Peacock

Robert Scragg

Helen Steadman 

Trevor Wood 

Books about writing & crime (that I like)

Adventures in the Screen Trade (William Goldman)

American Noir (Barry Forshaw)

Brit Noir (Barry Forshaw) 

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Euro Noir (Barry Forshaw)

In Pursuit of the Truth (DCI Clive Driscoll)

Nail Your Novel (Roz Morris)

New Hart’s Rules (the Oxford Style Guide)

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction (Patricia Highsmith)

Screenplay (Syd Field)

Stephen King on Writing

Story (Robert McKee)

The Big Picture and Who Killed Hollywood (William Goldman)

The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction

The Science of Story Telling (Will Storr)

The Truth About Who People Do Bad Things (Tom Gash)

Waterhouse on Newspaper Style (Keith Waterhouse)

We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds (Duncan Campbell)

Which Lie Did I Tell You (William Goldman)

Writers & Artists Yearbook (David Lodge)

Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)

Crime book festivals


True Crime Podcast Festival 13th

Theakston’s Old Peculier  (Harrogate)



Bloody Scotland

Capital Crime.


Berwick Literary Festival 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Editorial & proof reading support

Helen Coyle

Lynn Curtis

Helena Fairfax

Jane Hammett

Sarah Herman

Margaret Hunter

Sue Kelso Ryan

Clare Law

Sarah Macklin

Richard Sheehan

Katherine Trail

Charlie Wilson

Gale Winskill

Sarah Wray

Literary Agents

Jenny Brown Associates 

A M Heath Literary Agents 

DHH Literary Agency 

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency

Duncan McAra Literary Agency

Judy Moir 

The North Literary Agency 

Fraser Ross Associates 

Publishers (who accept direct author submissions)

Agora Books 

Austin Macauley

Biteback Publishing 

Bitter Lemon Press 

Black & White Publishing 

Bloodhound Books 

Boldwood Books

Book Folks


Endeavour Media 

Fahrenheit Press 

Fairlight Books

Handheld Press 

Hard Case Crime 

Joffe Books

Legend Press 


Ringwood Publishing 

Tirgearr Publishing 

Verve Books 

Versus Chorus Press 

Writing Competitions

Lindisfarne Prize

“New Narratives for the North East”

Writers’ trade associations & Funding 

Arts Council 

Money-Saving Guide for Authors & Writers (thanks to Hannah Bass)

Society of Authors 

Writers Guild