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By Paul D. Brazill

Some Frenchman or other once said that Hull is other people, or something like that. Nick Quantrill, says that  'It's never dull in Hull.'

Well, the people of  Hull are currently being far from dull by marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens with the Humber Mouth literature festival. 

On Thursday 28th June, the festival hosts a cracking looking event :  Crime Writing And The Humber- The Hardest Of Times.

Nick Quantrill, author of Broken Dreams and The Late Greats, Nick Triplow, whose first novel Frank's Wild Years was published earlier this year, and David Mark, author of The Dark Winter, have a natter about Hull, crime writing, Ted Lewis,Chaz Dickens and more.


Humber Mouth are also the people behind Hard Times and Great Expectations- a mean and moody short film adapted from Nick Quantrill's aforementioned début crime novel.

Brit Grit Pioneers Byker Books' latest publication certainly looks like a good un - Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton, which Hull author Darren Sant, creator of  The Tales From the  Longcroft , has described as 'Britty, gritty and witty.'

Suits me sir!


See you soon, same Brit Grit Time, same Brit Grit Channel.

Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8 and he has edited two anthologies - True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste -(Guilty Conscience) and Drunk On The Moon (Dark Valentine Press). His blog is here.