Crime fiction readings at Lancaster Castle Cafe

The mastermind behind ‘Shakespeare in the Castle’ from 2000-2016 returns to Lancaster with a new entertainment offer.

By Michelle Blade
Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 4:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 12:24 pm

Stephen Tomlin, founder and producer of Demi-paradise Productions, will be appearing at Lancaster Castle Café on Thursday April 14 with his new company, ‘The Border Readers’.

Stephen is joined by Dukes Theatre & BBC Archers actor Helen Longworth for a live reading showcasing the work of some of the north’s leading crime writers called ‘Many Deadly Returns.’

Their selection of five criminally good stories from ‘Murder Squad’ includes a new tale by Ann Cleeves featuring DCI Vera Stanhope of ITV drama fame.

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Stephen Tomlin, in the witches dungeon in Lancaster Castle.

Another is by Cath Staincliffe (Author of ITV’s Blue Murder detective series starring Carolyn Quentin) set in 1870’s Lancashire featuring a murder trial at the castle.

The castle’s popular state of the art licensed café, managed by Atkinson’s of Lancaster, is situated a stone’s throw from where the old gallows once stood!

Murder Squad is a northern based group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, who celebrated their twenty-first birthday in 2021 with this fabulous collection of stories.

Short, sharp and packed with twists they showcase the associates range and talent.

Stephen Tomlin.

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The Border Readers is an association of regionally based professional actors who give live readings of themed short form fiction in intimate public settings – arts centres, galleries, hostelries, village halls and libraries.

With Stephen Tomlin producing they also tour ‘Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween’ each year.

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Helen Longworth.

Crime fiction readings at Lancaster Castle Café given by the Border Readers takes place this Thursday (April 14) at 7pm.

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