NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival
The new crime fiction festival with a distinctly Irish accent comes to Belfast for a weekend of interviews, debates, discussions with some of the best crime writers around
DatesFriday, 27 October 2017 to Sunday, 29 October 2017
VenuesEuropa Hotel, Belfast
The brand new NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival is getting off to an incredible start with some of the greatest names in crime fiction. The festival takes place from 27-29 October 2017 at Belfast’s iconic Europa Hotel. NOIRELAND is a celebration of Ireland’s love of crime fiction. Including the best in local talent, guest appearances by international crime-writing stars, and in-depth conversations with some of the greatest screenwriters to put crime dramas on the screen.
In the inaugural year they have set the bar very high. Among their many guests this year include the team behind Line of Duty, Robert Crais, Benjamin Black, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Adrian McKinty, Arne Dahl, Liz Nugent, Sophie Hannah and internationally renowned Irish actor Aidan Gillen. NOIRELAND is not afraid to address some of the big topics of the day. Panels will also be discussing how crime fiction can be used to address issues around identity, gender, religion and race. They will look at borders and what might happen in a post-Brexit world. They ask if rural life is as cosy as the tourist boards like to suggest.
Along with the festival of events we will be hosting a regular podcast ‘NOIRELAND presents...’ talking to some of the top names in crime fiction about their own connections to Ireland including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Lynda LaPlante. NOIRELAND is the brainchild of David Torrans who established No Alibis Book Store twenty years ago. It has gained an international reputation for its outstanding events programme and attracts authors to Belfast from across the world
• Aidan Gillen will be discussing the influence of crime fiction on his life and career, from the books and television shows Gillen enjoyed growing up to the award winning roles he has become renowned for.
• International bestseller Robert Crais is the creator of the buddy genre. He started his writing career writing iconic cop shows like Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice, then took the buddy dynamic to a whole new level in his Cole & Pike novels.
• Line of Duty has been named one of the best BBC shows of all time and it is filmed right here in Belfast. We are delighted to welcome creator Jed Mercurio, producer Stephen Wright and star Adrian Dunbar to NOIRELAND to talk about this outstanding show.
• John Banville, one of the greatest writers to emerge from Ireland, writes crime fiction as Benjamin Black. He will be talking about his other more Noirish writing persona.
• Multi-award winning Graeme Macrae Burnet whose His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, appears hot on the heels of the publication of his new novel The Accident on the A35.
• Local boy Adrian McKinty has won or been nominated for every major crime award on the planet. One of Ireland’s most celebrated crime writers, Adrian is back home for the very first NOIRELAND.
• Arne Dahl is one of the great Scandi authors who have set the world alight in recent years. His books have also been adapted for the small screen and are regularly seen on BBC. Arne will be going head to head with one of our great Celtic crime stars, the bestselling and award-winning Irish author Liz Nugent.