Writer’s blog: Stardate: 21.02.2014
I had a great idea last week. I think it’s great. Peter James, Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson (three of the biggest names currently writing crime fiction set on the south coast of England) all think it’s a good idea. I know because I wrote to them and asked them. Go me.
I’ve set up an Internet site to celebrate, promote and inform about crime writing set on the south coast of England. The web address is southcoastcrimewriters.co.uk Here is the information I’ve posted on the ‘About’ page. It’ll save you having to go there. I’d still like followers of this blog to take a look and feedback to me any suggestions regarding the format, appearance, set up of the site. What strikes you? What’s missing? Seriously, help me build it with your suggestions. If you read my books then chances are you’re a reader of crime fiction and quite possibly you’ve read other crime fiction books set along the south coast within view of the English Channel.
South Coast Crime Writers has been set up to celebrate, promote and inform about crime writing, past and present, directly involving the south coast of England. There’s plenty of it.
America has American Noir, Scandinavia has Nordic Noir and Scotland has Tartan Noir. There’s Mediterranean Noir, Film Noir, Neo-Noir and even the wine industry has got in on things with Pinot Noir. It’s time someone spoke up for the south coast. Our crime writing is as good as anywhere.
If the world wants Noir, the south coast crime writers can deliver it by the body bag. Channel Noir (not to be confused with the French fragrance, which only has one ‘n’ and doesn’t smell half as good as an angry sea does to me) is wading out of the shallows.
Of course, not all crime writing featuring the south coast counties falls into the Noir genre, but there’s plenty that does and even more that dips its toes in those dark waters.
To be included here, authors will need to have written crime novels set on the south coast of England and within view of the English Channel. The accepted geographical boundaries of the English Channel are Lands End in Cornwall to the west and Leathercoat Point at the north end of St Margaret’s Bay in Kent to the east.
Writers dead or alive, traditionally published and self-published will be included.
This site will take time and research to be the comprehensive, informative reference point that it is intended to aspire to. If you would like to suggest an author for inclusion, please provide his/her full name and any other information you feel might be useful.
Channel Noir – splash it all over!
Each of the big guns I’ve mentioned above replied to my requests for information about them and their writing for inclusion on the site and that’s about the best start and endorsement I could have asked for.
I do not have terrific knowledge of crime writing set on the south coast of England, past and present. I would be eternally grateful to anyone who can highlight authors for inclusion – traditionally published and self-published. I haven’t started properly researching yet. I intend to. I know that there are going to be many more. Here are the names I’ve got so far in alphabetical order:
Russell Thorndike (Dr Syn – they’re crime books, right?)
Me (of course)
I want to put the Bergerac books in there, too. (Did you know they were written by Andrew Taylor? I didn’t ‘til I looked.) What do you think? They’re not set on the south coast of England, I know, but…
Channel Noir – splash it all over!