The Northern Crime Syndicate

£2 per person

Suitable for ages 16+


The Northern Crime Syndicate is a brand new crime writing super group featuring regional authors: Chris McGeorge, Rob Parker, A.M. Peacock, Judith O’Reilly, and Trevor Wood.

Come along to The Word for this panel event, hosted by local author and group member, A.M. Peacock, to find out more about the emerging crime writing talent on offer from these fabulous writers. You’ll be able to ask questions, meet the attending authors and buy a signed copy of their books at the end of the event!



Chris McGeorge has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller) from City University London where he wrote his first crime novel Dead Room for this thesis. He constantly told stories from a young age, whether they took the form of comics, short stories or scripts. He is a lover of Golden Age crime, like Christie and Conan Doyle, leading his crime stories to be a mix of the old and the contemporary. He likes weird and wonderful plots, with plenty of intrigue and twists.

His often coherent ramblings about everything pop culture can be found on his blog Festival of Blood and occasionally he produces the Sarcasmicast podcast with a group of friends.


Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken books A Wanted Man and Morte Point, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK – while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, storytelling, creative writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.


A.M. Peacock (Adam) is the author of the DCI Jack Lambert series, a character described as “a fantastic creation destined for a big following” by Howard Linskey. His debut novel, Open Grave, was published in September 2018 by Bloodhound Books. The second in the series, Grave Intent, was released in July 2019. Adam has produced several short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions. He has also written articles for both the local press and a university magazine. Adam lives in South Shields, where he helps to run the South Shields Fiction Writers’ group here at The Word.


Judith O’Reilly is the author of the action adventure thriller Killing State (described by Lee Child as “Terrific”). Her second thriller, Curse the Day, is due out in April 2020. She is also the author of Wife in the North, a bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, as well as A Year of Doing Good. She is a former Sunday Times journalist and lives in Durham.


Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for 25 years and considers himself an adopted Geordie, though he still can’t speak the language. He’s a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist  for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for 16 years joining, presciently, as a Writer. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from University of East Anglia. His first novel, The Man on the Street, which is set in his home city, will be published by Quercus in Spring 2020. He is represented by Oli Munson at AM Heath.

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