Enjoyable night of dark events

Crime fans flocked to a Wigan pub for a bumper evening of murder and mystery as authors from across the country descended on the town.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 1:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:25 pm
The crime writers at Wigan Central for Noir at the Wigan Bar

Noir at the Wigan Bar showcased some of the north’s finest writers of police procedural novels in an event organised by Orrell author Malcolm Hollingdrake.

Wigan Central was crammed with around 100 literature enthusiasts to hear the authors all read an extract from their work and get to meet the people behind their favourite page-turning reads.

Authors from the borough Malcolm Hollingdrake, Paul Finch and Robin Roughley were joined by crime novelists including Liz Mistry from Bradford and Danielle Ramsay from the North East.

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Standish author Paul Finch taking part in Noir at the Wigan Bar

Malcolm said the response to the event has been so positive that Noir at the Wigan Bar is likely to return for another similar night at the Queen Street micropub next spring.

He said: “It was a very respectful audience. They listened intently to all the readings and I’ve had some excellent feedback.

“We’re looking at doing another one next year, probably around March or April, and I’ve already had a number of authors say they are interested in coming to take part.”

The event was supported by the pub and Wigan’s branch of Waterstones, while Create Print stepped in to produce the publicity material for free.

Malcolm Hollingdrake, author and organiser of Noir at the Wigan Bar

Malcolm also thanked keen photographer Gary Barton who took the pictures of the night.

Standish author Paul Finch taking part in Noir at the Wigan Bar
Malcolm Hollingdrake, author and organiser of Noir at the Wigan Bar