Virtual Noir at the Bar Archives

This is where you can find previous episodes of Virtual Noir at the Bar

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Virtual Noir at the Bar is an online weekly event where crime and mystery writers read, live, from their works.

Created as a Coronavirus alternative from the physical event – the fully fledged Newcastle chapter of Noir at the Bar, both events are hosted by Vic Watson with me helping out on the tech and marketing stuff.

You can follow Vic on Twitter and Facebook at: @vpeanuts , myself on @simonbewick and both of us @VNATB1 where we tweet about upcoming events and news.

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The premise is simple enough: writers – best selling, award winning, novice, amateurs and pros alike share their work with the audience on a Wednesday night, normally between eight and ten to an event, and reading for no more than ten minutes each.

We try to make the event as interactive as possible, so the live web version allows for interactive audience chat and to post Q&A to the authors throughout the evening, as well as break time quizzes and the chance to win books from the authors speaking that night.

Want to know how and why VNatB came about? Take a look at this video:

You can sign up to ensure you find out about forthcoming events here

Please note: while VNatB is a free-to-attend event, donations to help us maintain the platforms required are always very welcome. If you can donate as little as £3, you can do so at and you’ll be helping us keep this little show going.

The Archives

film archive

Christmas Special

For our Christmas Special, and last VNatB for a while, we had an amazing line up –

Catherine Cooper, Gytha Lodge, Hayley Webster, Emma Christie, Danny Marshall, Nell Pattison, Derek Farrell , Trevor Wood , Allie Reynolds, Andrew Cotto and Gregg Hurwitz PLUS the winner of our first Bay Tales Christmas Short Story competition Louise Mangos.

So full of Christmas goodness we had to split it into three sections!

Part 1

Halloween Special

The regular shows may have finished, but we couldn’t let Halloween go by without a special show. And what a line up – Ramsey Campbell, CJ Tudor,
Max Seeck, Matt Wesolowski, Alison Belsham, Vanessa Savage, Laura Purcell, Suzy Aspley, Ian Skewis, CJ Cooper and Ian Rankin.

So full of spooky goodness we had to split it into three…

Part 1: CJ Tudor, Max Seeck, Vanessa Savage, Ian Rankin

Part 2: Ramsey Campbell, Suzy Aspley, Ian Skewis, CJ Cooper

Part 3: Alison Belsham, Catriona Ward, Laura Purcell, Matt Wesolowski

NOTE: Due to tech issues, there were some sound issues with Catriona’s reading, so we’ve re-recorded it and you can find it below.

Episode 22

And just like that, we got to our last show. 22 weeks on since we started, we’re calling time on the weekly Virtual Noir at the Bar shows. Thank you to everyone who joined us on our last night – if you missed it, catch up on all the goodbyes below, and see our final roster of readers, all brilliant last night:

CD Major, Kate Medina, Rachel Ward, Stu Turton, Emma Curtis, Kia Abdullah, Lauren North, Chris Lloyd and Karen Hamilton

Please note: due to file size, we have had to split the final show into two parts.

Episode 21

In our penultimate weekly show we featured Rhiannon Ward, Lin Anderson, Jack Jordan,
Ian Skewis, Araminta Hall, Kate Reed Petty, Harriet Tyce, Stuart McLean, Luke Kuhnes and, as a last-minute replacement, the artist known as Polly Filliere (aka Simon Bewick)

Note: due to copyright issues, the session from tonight is in two parts – be sure to watch them both!

Episode 20

Tonight’s show –Brian Stewart, Tom Benjamin, Sandra Ireland, Caroline England, Kate Helm, Rachel Bennett, Abbie Osborne, DA Minishi, Paul Finch and our wild card reader, Paul Davidson. 

Episode 19

Another great night of reading from all of our authors tonight. Speaker were: SJ Watson, Vanda Simon, Joseph Knox, Helen Fields, Laure Van Rensburg, Rebecca Fleet, SE Moorhead, Anita Frank, Bogdan Teodorescu and Alex Hawley (featuring Rob Parker)

Episode 18

Our 18th birthday and it couldn’t have been celebrated in a better way. Speakers tonight were: Olivia Kiernan, Susan Allott, James Ellson, GJ Minett, Tana Collins, Bogdan Hrib, Victoria Selman, Simon Toyne and Dorothy Koomson

One extra goodie from last week’s show. due to technical issues with broadband there was an issue with James Ellson’s reading. You can see a re-edited version of James’ reading here:

Episode 17

Tonight’s episode featured: Jonathan Whitelaw, Isabelle Grey, Awais Khan, Samantha Lee Howe, M Sean Coleman, TM Logan, Marianne Kavanagh, Douglas Skelton, Dan Smith and Lisa Hall.

Please note: due to copyright agreements, the second break slides have been edited out and the episode split in two.

Episode 16

Another night of great readings from: Amanda Jennings, Elle Croft, Egan Hughes, Rachel Sargeant, Chris McGeorge, Jane Roberts-Morpeth, Rachel Abbott, Jennifer Harvey, Tammy Cohen and Sharon Bolton

Episode 15

A few gremlins in the works tonight for a couple of speakers, but we got there…This week we were joined by: Caroline Mitchell, Charlotte Levin, Fiona Veitch Smith, Gail Williams, DC Smith, Jessica Moor, Andrew Michael Hurley, Russ Thomas and Joe Lansdale

Episode 14

Back to our regular session after a brief visit to Lyme Crime. This week we were joined by: Adam Hamdy, Elizabeth Haynes, Anna Mazzola, Cara Hunter, Kate Hamer, Louise Candlish, Nikki Smith, Roxie Key, Elly Griffiths and Amanda Robson, hosted, as ever by Vic Watson, despite a bout of the lurgy.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Episode 13.5 – The Lyme Crime Bonus Episode

A bonus episode of Virtual Noir at the Bar as we did a ‘virtual road show’ which took us to the Lyme Crime festival.

Hosted, as ever,  by Vic Watson, this special edition features: Amanda Jennings, Neil Broadfoot, Leye Adenle, Marnie Riches, Simon Bewick, Paddy Magrane, Derek Farrell, Helen Fields, Rob Parker and Ed James.

Episode 13: June 24th 2020

What a night. We were joined by the legendary Lawrence Block on his 82nd birthday and release date of his new novel. Mr Block wasn’t the only great speaker tonight of course. Full author listing: Cath Staincliffe, Elizabeth Kay, Jenny Blackhurst, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Liz ugent, Margaret Murphy, Mark Leggatt, MJ Arlidge, Ruth Ware, Stephanie Wrobel and, yes, Lawrence Block.

Due to the length of this episode it has been split into two parts.

Please note this episode contains graphic material from the outset.

Part 1

Part 2: 

Episode 12: June 17th 2020

Another great night with some fantastic readings (and a little bit more promotion for Noir from the Bar….from: Neil Lancaster, Kate Simants, Caz Frear, Rowan Coleman, Mick Finlay, William Shaw, Henrietta McKervey, Morgan Cry, Katerina Diamond and very special guest, Linwood Barclay.

Episode 11: June 10th 2020

This week’s was a bit special for us: the publication day of Noir from the Bar – our NHS Charities fund-raising anthology. To that end there were a few extra treats in the show.

Our main speakers were: Christie Newport, Nina Manning, Holly Watt, Emily Koch, Andrea Carter, Daisy Waugh, Mason Cross, Gareth Rubin, Robin Morgan-Bentley and MW Craven

Sneak peek previews (during break): readings from Noir from the Bar stories by Rod Glenn, John Sweeney, Mark Wingett and Frank Turner.

Music for the evening and ‘Home‘ – as used in the Story of the Stories video supplied by Martin Stephenson

Episode 10: June 3rd 2020

Featuring: Dave Sivers, Theresa Talbot, Holly Seddon, Vic Watson, Jean Rafferty, Gillian McAllister, Chris McDonald, Danny Marshall, Lizzy Barber and Phoebe Locke.

Bonus Feature: sneak peak preview with selected authors reading snippets from their entries in our new anthology Noir from the Bar




Episode 9: May 27th 2020

Featuring: Adele Parks, Jane Corry, Ali Land, Rachael Blok, Sam Carrington, Katie Lowe, Lesley Kara, Vaseem Khan, Peter Rosovsky, Fiona Cummins

Episode 8: May 20th 2020

Featuring: S E Lynes, Louise Beech, Noelle Holten, Julia Crouch, M.M. Chouinard, Nicola Martin, Chris Ewan, Darren O’Sullivan, Amer Anwar and Ragnar Jonasson.

Note: the session ran so long, with audience anticipation and questions, we’ve split this one in two for easier bandwidth. 

Episode 7: May 13th 2020

Featuring: Ann Cleeves, Nick Quantrill, Elizabeth Drabble, Claire McGowan, Phoebe Morgan, Mel McGrath, Kate Rhodes, Sarah Hilary, Mary Paulson-Ellis, Sarah Vaughan

(* Note: there were a few sound issues on our first speaker – Elizabeth Drabble’s reading, but it does get clearer after that!) 

Episode 6: May 6th 2020

Featuring: Michael Nath, Tony Kent, Quentin Bates, AM Peacock, CJ Cooke, Bea Davenport, Alison Bruce, Craig Robertson, CL Taylor, Susi Holliday

Episode 5: April 29th 2020

Featuring: Alan Jones, Kirsten McKenzie, Derek Farrell, Roz Watkins, Zoe Sharp, Karen Murdarasi, Lesley Kelly, Rob Scragg, Lucy Atkins, Ashley Erwin

Episode 4: April 22nd 2020

Featuring: Suzy Aspley, Simon Bewick, Alex Caan, Caroline Dunford, Emma Flint
Sarah Jeffery, Heleen Kist, Isaac Parker, Nic Parker, Sara Sheridan

Episode 3: April 15th 2020

Featuring: Louise Mangos, Effie Merryl, Danny Marshall, Neil Broadfoot, Rob Parker, Martyn Taylor, Trevor Wood, Eve Smith, Gytha Lodge, Chris Merritt



Episode 2: April 8th 2020

Featuring: Howard Linskey, D.V Bishop, Angela Clarke, Eileen Wharton, Margaret Kirk, Olga Wojtas, Marnie Riches, Iain Rowan, Pamela Brooks-Osborne. 

Please note: as this is raw, unedited footage, you should fast forward to approx 13:15 where the show starts proper. 

Episode 1: April 1st 2020

Unfortunately, this episode is not available. We were just starting out. We were shy…

Authors featured in Episode 1 were: Philippa East, David McCaffrey, Nicky Black, Alison Belsham, Nel Pattison, David Turton, Jackie Mclean, Andy Hill, Linda Wright,

Keep this url safe and come back to find new episodes of Virtual Noir at the Bar uploaded on a regular basis.

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