Our final St Nick of today is Nikki East. It was a pleasure getting to know Nikki better during Newcastle Noir then seeing her again at Harrogate and Bloody Scotland.
Nikki, along with Nick Quantrill and Nick Triplow, were responsible for Hull Noir which included a special Noir at the Bar. Anyway, let’s hear all about it from Nikki herself.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day – check back for another end of year review tomorrow.
Do you have a favourite memory professionally from 2017?
Without doubt, Hull Noir. Nick Triplow, Nick Quantrill and I took over Iceland Noir this year and hosted it in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Our feedback has been amazing and we’ve been asked to do it again already. It took a lot of organising however the results speak for themselves. We had the most tremendous guest authors and moderators who made the whole event worthwhile for everyone attending but was very special for us as it was our very first one.
And how about a favourite moment from 2017 generally?
As part of Hull Noir, I was able to introduce and host Hull’s very first Noir at the Bar. I was nervous as the whole NATB concept is so special to so many however, again, it went very well and we had some wonderful readings. I feel very honoured and privileged to be part of it and hopefully will be part of more in the future.
Best book of 2017?
Abir Mukherjee’s second novel A Necessary Evil
published by Harvill Secker. It continues with the adventures of Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee in 1920 Calcutta. This and the award winning debut, A Rising Man,
are wonderfully written with brilliant characters that thoroughly transport you back to another time and a whole other world. Simply magnificent and a must read.
Favourite film this year?
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
! I just love these movies!! I get very little time to spend with my son now he’s an adult and we’re both very busy with conflicting schedules but we managed to find time to go and see this together. What a laugh, great music plus I had good company.
Favourite song of the year?
Bruno Mars 24k Magic
album. Although the album came out last year, I only downloaded it this year. I love it. My favourite track is Perm
. It makes me dance about like no one is watching whether I’m in my home, on the tube or walking down Whitechapel High Street!! I do get looks but that song is just soooo good!!! 😉
Any downsides this year?< /em>My downsides are very limited to be honest. Consequently all I’d say is I don’t have enough time to get to all of the amazingly book related events now I live here in London.
Are you making resolutions for 2018? Resolutions!??! Hmmmm, maybe start planning for another festival, host more NATBs and who knows, maybe land a full time position somewhere in this awesome industry. Fingers crossed people! 🤞
What are you hoping for from 2018?Mostly just to build on the foundations I’ve laid in 2017. Onwards and upwards is always my mantra. I’ve had THE BEST 2017 and all I can hope is that 2018 brings even more amazing opportunities for me and mine.
Posted in End of Year Reviews, Review of 2017
Tagged book, character, characters, debut, festival, NatB, Newcastle Noir, noir, Noir at the Bar, novel, published, read, readings, written
January can be a pretty boring time after the December rush of Christmas parties, friendly catch-ups and family get-togethers. People are skint, they’re on diets and there’s generally not much going on. However, ARC Stockton are looking to change that. On Wednesday, 30th January, they’re holding their first Scratch Night of 2013.
After the success of their first new writing Scratch Night and their Short Sharp Festival, ARC are bringing you an evening of 8 rehearsed readings of exciting new short plays by members of Writers ARCADE: their new writing group for emerging playwrights. Local actors and directors have been working in collaboration with these new promising writers to stage their ten minute plays for your all important feedback. Here’s a preview of some of the work being showcased.
A Small Donation by Louise Taylor.
Beth is. Alex definitely is. Kerry thinks she is, because she doesn’t really know what ‘it’ is. Are you? How much is it worth to you? And what would you be willing to give it up for?
Radio by Mhairi Ledgerwood.
Mam can never do the right thing, while Stephanie is trying to hold the family together. Andy wants a bedtime story, but it may come at a high price. How much value should we place on art and is it worth fighting for?
Unpaid Leave by Allison Davies.
Higgs is off on sabbatical, but first she needs to find a suitable replacement. Might Tio be up to the job of running the show or will he be shown the door? Only time will tell.
The evening is held at ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, TS18 1LL Stockton-on-Tees.
Tickets are £3.00 and free for ARCADE members. Book here or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the box office on 01642 525199. Be quick, ARC’s last Scratch Night was a sell-out!