Crime Fact and Fiction: Mari Hannah has recently been nominated for the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library. Most well known for her DCI Kate Daniels series, Mari has recently started a new series, featuring DS Matthew Ryan, and has also written a standalone thriller The Silent Room. She is currently reader-in-residence for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.
Mo is a retired Detective Inspector who worked across many departments during thirty years of policing. She ended her career in the Major Incident Team, the department that investigates all serious crime, including murder.
A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Margaret Murphy has published nine thrillers under her own name. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and founder of Murder Squad. In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Prof. Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms.
Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. She is a judge for the CWA's Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series.
Jacky Collins (chair) Newcastle Noir's Programme Director.