The NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival is thrilled to announce Adrian Dunbar will be appearing at this year’s weekend event which takes place 8-10 March in Belfast. 


The renowned Northern Irish actor and star of BBC’s Line of Duty will be presenting ‘Jack-a-NOIR-y’, a bedtime story for grown-ups. Dunbar will be reading an exclusive extract from A Book of Bones, the forthcoming new novel from international bestseller John Connolly. 


Jack-a-NOIR-y is a brand new event for NOIRELAND 2019. The Irish love of a good yarn is renowned, and has fostered a nation of storytellers. The soaring popularity of audiobooks and podcasts shows it’s not just the Irish who love listening to a great story, so this is sure to be a festival favourite.


Jack-a-NOIR-y is the closing event of Saturday’s festival programme and takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of the penthouse room of Belfast’s Europa Hotel. It will feature a filmed introduction from John Connolly, followed by Adrian Dunbar reading an extended extract from A Book of Bones.

This is a return visit to NOIRELAND from Dunbar, who appeared alongside Jed Mercurio in ‘Behind the Scenes of Line of Duty at the inaugural 2017 festival. He is one of Ireland’s greatest actors, and has become a household name since playing DCI Ted Hastings in the BAFTA-winning crime series, which is filmed in Belfast.

JOHN CONNOLLY’s latest Charlie Parker novel A Book of Bones is publisher 18 April 2019.

NOIRELAND to return in Spring 2019

Belfast’s  NOIRELAND International Crime Festival is delighted to announce that it is returning in spring 2019, with another weekend of stellar names from the world of crime fiction.

NOIRELAND launched in October 2017 with a brilliant line-up featuring the best in local talent, international crime-writing stars, and some of the greatest names from TV crime drama. Highlights included the Line of Duty event with its BAFTA-winning creator Jed Mercurio and star Adrian Dunbar, author panels with Robert Crais, Benjamin Black, Adrian McKinty, Arne Dahl and Liz Nugent, and a closing event with internationally renowned actor Aidan Gillen, discussing the role crime fiction has played in his life and career.

NOIRELAND will be moving from the autumn to become a spring festival, and will take place once again at Belfast’s iconic Europa Hotel. Plans are already afoot and it is shaping up to be another superb weekend of crime fiction, with interviews and discussions featuring some of the greatest names from page and screen.

NOIRELAND takes place 8-10 March 2019. The festival programme will be announced and ticket office open on 16 November.

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We are delighted to announce the full programme for NOIRELAND 2017. It's packed to the brim with crime writing talent from around the world, appearing alongside just some of our fantastic native talent.

We have bestsellers, award winners, literary giants, creators of some of the greatest cop shows on the planet which have come to define crime writing for television.

This is going to be AMAZING!


Ireland is to get its very own crime fiction festival and you've only got a few months to wait, as the first NOIRELAND will be taking place in Belfast from Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October.

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