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Filmed interviews with authors to feature in National Crime Reading Month


A newly-launched initiative designed to showcase crime writers will feature in National Crime Reading Month in June with four authors, including Inkerman Writer John Dean, talking about their craft and the publishing industry.

Launched in January, Mug Shots is run by Tall Tales Mysteries, a leading UK murder mystery company…


Added by John Dean on May 31, 2021 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Bud talks sense of place

Interested in crime fiction? Then check out Inkerman Writer Bud Craig talking about his craft in the latest instalment of the free Tall Tales Mysteries Mug Shots series of films. Bud, one of the Book Folks stable of writers, talks in particular about sense of place. You can watch the interview at …


Added by John Dean on May 11, 2021 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Hats off to Bud

Inkerman Writer Bud Craig is celebrating after his short story Hats Off to Larry was commended in the Elmbridge Literary Competition. The theme of the competition was music.

In the story, in 1960 Salford teenager Jack finds the girl of his dreams. Over the next three years, Jack changes as does pop music, the Everly Brothers and Del Shannon giving way to the Beatles.

Jack plans a year in France after A levels and sees a whole new world opening up. Girlfriend Cathy, who…


Added by John Dean on April 1, 2021 at 1:26pm — No Comments

A wander down the street that gave the group its name

One of the anthologies produced by Darlington-based Inkerman Writers gives a clue as to how they got their name.

The anthology of short stories, titled Inkerman Street, was based on the demolition of a fictional northern street and the stories of the people who lived in it.

The book, which features a variety of stories ranging from…


Added by John Dean on February 26, 2021 at 11:33am — No Comments

Inkerman Writers among authors to back new venture

An exciting new initiative has been launched featuring online interviews with popular crime fiction authors.

Mug Shots is run by Tall Tales Mysteries, a leading UK murder mystery company based in the Darlington area of County Durham.

The idea for Mug Shots happened when Scottish-based crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Patrick and John…


Added by John Dean on February 12, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Success for Mike

Inkerman Writer Mike Watson is celebrating after one of his pieces was named runner-up in a short story competition.

The competition was organised by Durham Wildlife Trust, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Trust organised the writing competition to add to the celebrations and the theme was how Nature has affected, or changed, your life, with a word limit of 500.

Mike, who receives a £25 book token and a coveted Golden Badger Badge, said: “It’s…


Added by John Dean on February 9, 2021 at 11:59am — No Comments

Gus Keane returns!

The latest crime novel from Inkerman Writer Bud Craig has been published by The Book Folks.

Stealing Time is the latest run-out for his private investigator Gus Keane and is much to be recommended.

You can find out more, and purchase the book on Kindle or in paperback, at  …


Added by John Dean on February 9, 2021 at 9:28am — No Comments

Bud Craig's latest novel is published

Inkerman Writer Bud Craig has had his latest crime novel published by The Book Folks.

Making A Killing is a British murder mystery featuring Private Investigator Gus Keane, the fourth book in which he has featured. The ebook is available now, the paperback will come in a few days.

In the novel, a…


Added by John Dean on May 27, 2020 at 10:04am — No Comments

Book sales help hospice

Congratulations to Inkerman Writers member Keven Shevels, who is donating proceeds from sales of his comic novel The Haddock Flies at Midnight to St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington, County Durham, to help it through these difficult times. An adult comedy, the book recounts thirty days in the life of a town hall housing official in the north of England…


Added by John Dean on April 2, 2020 at 9:38am — No Comments

Talking of love...


Added by John Dean on July 2, 2019 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Festival events

Crime writer John Dean, a member of the Inkerman Writers, will be among those authors staging events at Darlington Arts Festival, during National Crime Reading Month in May. They are:

Title: An Introduction to Crime Fiction – Writing workshop

Event details Best-selling crime novelist John Dean is to run an Introduction to Crime…


Added by John Dean on February 25, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

My Writing Year - 2018 - Tom Benson

I may not attend the group writing sessions but I often think of the regular evenings of writing exercises and critique. The idea of one-to-one feedback in person, is, in my opinion, unparalleled in our craft. Yes, I moved on to be in a world (or worlds) of my own, but I learned a lot from the weekly…


Added by Tom Benson on December 18, 2018 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Inkerman Street anthology is launched

Darlington-based Inkerman Writers have produced their latest anthology of short stories, Inkerman…


Added by John Dean on May 29, 2018 at 8:49am — No Comments

Tacky Stuff Remover

On a recent visit to my private world of eBook cover manufacture, it occurred to me that a few of my covers were 'tacky'.

I spent a day researching possible replacement graphics and getting on with the task of re-building the covers.The result I believe, is a better overall effect in terms of the individual books and the sub-branding of the genre.

I'm particularly pleased with the end result of my…


Added by Tom Benson on March 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Paperbacks are coming ...

Having published in excess of twenty titles as eBooks it has come to pass that I have now created a paperback book.

Yesterday I received confirmation that three weeks of effort had paid off and…


Added by Tom Benson on March 2, 2018 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Michael Jarvie book is published

Check out Michael Jarvie's book set in the dark underbelly of the art world, which can be bought at  …


Added by John Dean on December 15, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Open mic to be held at new venue

Got a story you want to read to other people? Trying something out with a novel and not sure if it works? Or simply like listening to original writing, some of it never heard before?

Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, the Open Mic team want to hear it all. Simply bring along your piece and read it out. Eight-minute slots for each reader.

The events are part of the programme supported by Darlington for Culture (DfC), held on the last Thursday of each month (excluding July,…


Added by John Dean on November 7, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Second book in Tracey Iceton trilogy is published

The second novel by Tracey Iceton has been published. Herself Alone in Orange Rain is part two in the Celtic Colours trilogy by the author.

Kaylynne Ryan is a promising art student, used to fighting for her place in a world of men, but when a forgotten…


Added by John Dean on October 14, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Calling all writers

Next year, Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018, which is supported by Creative Darlington.

To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. DfC are paying…


Added by John Dean on October 6, 2017 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Latest Roger Barnes book is published

The Icarus Project by Darlington thriller writer Roger Barnes has been published through Inscribe Media.

During his Inauguration speech, newly elected American President Alan Maddox announces in it is his intention to initiate a project that will rid the world of toxic waste. A project visionary in concept to transport it into the Sun;…


Added by John Dean on September 7, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments


The Inkerman Writers are members of Darlington for Culture (DfC), which was set up  in 2010 to help save Darlington Arts Centre from closure.

Its members include representatives of arts and community groups.

DfC was established after the centre’s owner, Darlington Borough Council, announced that budget cuts meant that it would have to withdraw its subsidy from the Arts Centre.

Although the centre closed, the organisation remains active - more at



Welcome to the site created by the Inkerman Writers to showcase our work.

Based in Darlington, North East England, and having celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2013, members have enjoyed success in a variety of arenas, including winning, and being shortlisted and highly commended, in short story competitions, having novels published and publishing the short story anthology A Strawberry in Winter, which can be obtained by visiting the website

The group's second anthology of short stories, Christophe's Farewell and Other Stories, can be obtained, cost £4.95 plus postage and packing, from

The Inkerman Writers latest book, Out of the Shadows, which was launched as part of the 2013 Darlington Arts Festival, is on sale. The book can be ordered direct from

The group also produced The Last Waltz, a double CD of short stories, available by contacting, cost £5 plus p and p.

Several of our writers wrote original one-act plays in a collaboration with the Green Theatre company, which were performed at Darlington Arts Centre early in February, 2012.


Darlington-based Inkerman Writers have produced their latest anthology of short stories, Inkerman  Street, based on the demolition of a fictional northern street and the stories of the people who lived in it.

The book, which features a variety of stories ranging from horror to comedy, was launched to a large audience at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26 and begins like this:

Inkerman Street is still and graveyard-hushed tonight, the terraced houses cold behind boarded-up windows, silent sentinels among a sea of wasteland. No one lives here now and tomorrow the bulldozers will move in to flatten the houses to make way for the Council’s Grand Plan.

“Although the people are long gone, the houses still have life. Peek into one of the bedrooms and see on the wall a painting of a seaside scene, brightly-coloured boats bobbing in the harbour, fishermen pipe-smoking in the noonday sun and seagulls wheeling high above the choppy waters. In the roaring silence of the night, you can hear the screeching of the birds and taste the salt air, acrid and herring-sharp at the back of your throat. It is an illusion; the bedroom is empty and the blooms on the faded wallpaper have long since wilted.

“The air in the houses is musty with neglect yet but a few months before, these were bustling homes filled with frying bacon and steaming irons, whistling kettles and playing children. The houses witnessed all these scenes for more than 150 years. Behind their curtains were enacted a thousand stories but tomorrow they will be destroyed because Inkerman Street is the last of its ilk.

“Now, on the eve of the street’s death, the people who once lived here have returned, gathering solemn and silent in the mist, the ghosts of the past come to pay final tribute….”

The anthology can be purchased at




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