Martyn Waites and Mari Hannah in conversation

£2 per person

Join award-winning novelists Martyn Waites and Mari Hannah as they talk everything crime novel related and take us into the world of their new crime novels.

Doors open at 6.30pm.


About the authors

Martyn Waites

Martyn Waites was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has turned his hand to many occupations: market trader, bar manager, stand-up comic and teacher of drama to teenage ex-offenders. Following this last job he decided to go to drama school and became a professional actor. He trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and went on to play both policemen and villains in Inspector Morse, Spender, The Bill and Harry. As a theatre actor he appeared as a lead in Catherine Cookson’s plays and had a go at stand-up comedy. Martyn won the 2014 Grand Prix du Roman Noir Award for his novel Born Under Punches. Following critical success with his Martyn Waites titles, he then enjoyed commercial success with the books written under the pseudonym of Tania Carver. To date, his Tania Carver novels have sold over 190,000 copies. The first book in the series, The Surrogate, was nominated for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award. His new book The Old Religion will be published in June 2018.

About The Old Religion 

The Cornish village of St Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide.  Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Programme hiding from some very violent people, and St Petroc’s offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life.

Until he meets Lila.

Lila is a seventeen-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom’s house she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travellers’ commune she’s been living in. Something sinister has been going on there and Lila knows more than she realises.

But to find her he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he’s in hiding from, but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila.

Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah, scriptwriter and author, is based in Northumberland. Her awards include: the Polari Prize, a Northern Writers’ Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Her acclaimed Kate Daniels series is in development with Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout Pictures. Mari is reader-in-residence for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate. Her new book The Lost was published by Orion on 22 March 2018.

About The Lost 

Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.

It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver.

Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years’ experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third-generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.

But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.

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