NOIRELAND | International crime fiction festival

A new crime fiction festival with a distinctly Irish accent.

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. 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.

Among the guests this year include the team behind Line of Duty, Robert Crais, Benjamin Black, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Adrian McKinty, Arne Dahl, Liz Nugent and Sophie Hannah.

NOIRELAND is not afraid to address some of the big topics of the day. There will be panels discussing how crime fiction can be used to address issues around identity, gender, religion and race. It will address borders and what might happen in a post-Brexit world. We ask if rural life is as cosy as the tourist boards like to suggest.

NOIRELAND is the brainchild of David Torrans who established the No Alibis Book Store twenty years ago.

• 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 one of the best cop shows of all time.

• 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.

• 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.

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