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Writers from North East feature in new crime anthology.

A NEW anthology of prize-winning crime fiction includes the work of eight writers based in the North East.

They were among the 20 successful entrants to the Northern Crime Short Story Competition.

The competition was established by Moth Publishing which was set up to showcase new crime writing from the north of England.

Represented in the anthology, Northern Crime One, are: Bradley Langham, Betty Weiner, MJ Wesolowski and Karon Alderman, from Newcastle; Martin Robins, from Gateshead; Michael Connon, from Wallsend; Tom Moody, from Ovington, Northumberland; and Pam Plumb, from Darlington, County Durham.

While some have seen their work published already, others - such as Bradley Langham, who "grew up in Haltwistle on a heady cocktail of movies and Bruce Springsteen" - are making their debut in the anthology.

Northern Crime One covers a broad span, from rural noir to urban horror, and could mark the start of future successful careers in fiction.

The competition was first run in 2013 when it proved a springboard for Helen Cadbury and Rebecca Muddiman who both went on to write bestsellers.

Moth Publishing is the crime imprint of Mayfly Books, a partnership between Newcastlebased writing agency New Writing North and trade publisher Business Education Publishers Ltd.

Andrea Murphy, director of the latter and also publishing director of Mayfly Press, said: "It has been an exciting journey working with all 20 writers to create this wonderfully raw and eclectic mix of story-telling that is Northern Crime One, an anthology that has something for all readers of crime fiction."

The main winner of the competition, Leeds-based Kathleen McKay, wins PS1,000 and the publication of her crime novel, Hard Wired, by Moth Publishing. The book will be out next summer.

Northern Crime One is available in selected book shops and online at Amazon. Find more details at www.mothpublishing.com

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Dec 17, 2015
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