Music from Led Bib & Get The Blessing
Dark fiction from Toby Litt,
Cathi Unsworth, Courttia Newland
& Ray Banks
Visuals from Huzzah!! Noir

Toynbee Theatre | £10 / £12 door | 7pm

A night of criminal fiction, comic art and music of a darker hue. Enter a world where murder smells like honeysuckle and lunch is drunk from a bottle.  In Toynbee Theatre’s art deco, velvet auditorium, four authors present a selection of bleeding-edge crime stories, intercut with animated chapters of online, collaborative comic strip .Illicit jazz comes from 2009 Mercury nominated ensemble , providing improvised and composed response, putting on to simmer a suitably hard-boiled soundtrack.

Author and journalist reads from his forthcoming novel . Darting between dingy student pubs, the roofs of Borough Market and the corridors of Guy’s Hospital, it’s a mystery set in the world of young medical students. A human heart found on the tube leads two young investigators on a trail that leads to the hospital’s infamous dissection lecturer – known as ‘King Death’.

, editor of reads from her new novelSet against the background of 1960s London, plumbs the murky depths of the unsolved ‘Jack the Stripper’ murders in which the bodies of eight working girls were found in or along the Thames. Sixties London explodes in all its ferocious colour: jazz and pop, fascists and Teds, migrants, mystery and one constable Pete Bradley caught in the middle. A tender paean to the city, this is a novel with a twisted mystery at its heart.

West London native delights in the dark and the uncanny. Drawing inspiration from everything from traditional horror movies via Roald Dahl to everyday life in West London, Newland brings together the literary and the pop cultural in a reading from his collection of grotesque short stories, Key. Stylish pulp-fiction given a modern, capital twist.

Scottish crime scenester and chronicler of the Manchester underworld reads a new short story .

–Sunday Times on Toby Litt

–Niall Griffiths on Courttia Newland

– The Financial Times on

– The Times on Led Bib


illustration from by Dave Taylor