Saturday 17th February 12pm / Main House


The best-kept secrets of best-selling crime novelists with Trevor Wood, Mari Hannah, Christie Newport and Caroline Green.

A panel event with four best-selling crime writers who will share the secrets, the lies, the mystery and magic behind creating crime stories that you can’t put down.

Caroline Green is a Sunday Times best selling writer who is a writer in residence in Pentonville Prison. Her new book Down Among the Dead is the gripping new binge-worthy police procedural crime thriller with a supernatural twist

Mari Hannah is a multi-award-winning author/screenwriter and former chair of Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. She lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari’s fifteenth book, the long-awaited Kate Daniels thriller, The Longest Goodbye, is out on January 18, 2024. 

Trevor Wood is a multi-award-winning crime fiction writer. He has lived in Newcastle for more than 30 years and considered himself an adopted Geordie. A playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council,  his first novel The Man on the Street, was published by Quercus in March 2020. His new novel, You Can Run is now out.

Christie Newport is a mixed-race writer living in Northumberland. Since developing a rare illness as a child, Christie found reading and creating stories to be an escape. In recent years Christie has honed her skills through courses and various opportunities. Christie is the winner of the first Joffe Books Prize for Crime Writers of Colour for her debut THE RAVEN’S MARK. Her new book THE ORDINARY MAN is out 8 February 2024

Performance Dates and Times

Saturday 17th February 12pm


Standard: £9.00


Running Time: TBC

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at the Playhouse Kitchen or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, and gins.