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This in an evolving page and features ad hoc sources and resources for writers. Click on the links for more info. They have been included for information and educational purposes ONLY. There are no endorsements from Boomslang Books or Boomflashbang. Nor are any affiliate fees involved.

Books about writing & crime (that we like)

Adventures in the Screen Trade (William Goldman)

American Noir (Barry Forshaw)

Brit Noir (Barry Forshaw) 

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Euro Noir (Barry Forshaw)

In Pursuit of the Truth (DCI Clive Driscoll)

Nail Your Novel (Roz Morris)

New Hart’s Rules (the Oxford Style Guide)

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction (Patricia Highsmith)

Screenplay (Syd Field)

Stephen King on Writing

Story (Robert McKee)

The Big Picture and Who Killed Hollywood (William Goldman)

The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction

The Science of Story Telling (Will Storr)

The Truth About Who People Do Bad Things (Tom Gash)

Waterhouse on Newspaper Style (Keith Waterhouse)

We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds (Duncan Campbell)

Which Lie Did I Tell You (William Goldman)

Writers & Artists Yearbook (David Lodge)

Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)

Crime book festivals 2021/2022


True Crime Podcast Festival

Theakston’s Old Peculier  (Harrogate)



Bloody Scotland

Capital Crime


Berwick Literary Festival 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Writing Competitions

Lindisfarne Prize

“New Narratives for the North East”

Writers’ trade associations & Funding

Arts Council 

Money-Saving Guide for Authors & Writers (thanks to Hannah Bass)

Society of Authors 

Writers Guild