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Friday 27


Opening Night Reception

Join us for a celebration of crime fiction. You will be in the company of some of the legends of crime writing, along with hottest new talent around.

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Friday 27


In the Spotlight

The BBC’s award-winning crime drama Line of Duty has been voted one of the best cop shows of all time. Its creator Jed Mercurio, Adrian Dunbar who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings, and the show’s producer Stephen Wright, talk about working on one of the greatest crime series on the small screen.



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One of Jed Mercurio's key influences was Hill Street Blues. Robert Crais was one of the main writers on it, along with Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and LA Law. He's appearing on Saturday night.

Friday 27

In Conversation


In Conversation

John Banville, one of Ireland’s greatest novelists talks about his other life as crime novelist Benjamin Black. From his misanthropic pathologist Quirke, who first appeared in Christine Falls, to his latest historical crime novel Prague Nights, fans will get an insight into what it takes to juggle two separate identities and genres.


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Love literary crime fiction? We have two other novelists who have been nominated for ther Booker prize:
Graeme Macrae Burnet
is appearing in The Dark Side of Country Life on Sarurday, and Eoin McNamee is in Telling A Crime Story on Sunday.

Saturday 28



Four crime Caz Frear, Jo Spain, Ali Land and Steve Mosby discuss how and why we use crime fiction to explore grown-ups’ bogeyman: the serial killer. Steve Mosby has forged an outstanding reputation for his critically acclaimed novels that explore the nature of this modern monster, he talks to three new writers to the genre who are bringing things to a whole new level.

Ali Land has worked as a child and adolescent mental health nurse for many years. In her bestselling debut novel Good Me Bad Me the daughter of a serial killer starts to wonder how much of your behaviour is nurture and how much is nature, and is she doomed to turn out just like her mother? In Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies, winner of the ‘Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller’, DC Cat Kinsella suspects her father might be connected to a series of murders. So what do you do when your own dad is the monster? Jo Spain takes this chilling predator much closer to home, transforming Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most famous beauty spots, into the playground of her serial killer.

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Love a serial killer thriller? Ray Celestin's The Axeman's Jazz is a terrifying tale of a jazz-loving serial killer stalking the streets of 1919 New Orleans. He's appearing in Americana on Saturday.

Saturday 28




Crime fiction continually plays with ideas around identity. And we’re not just talking about uncovering the murderer! Outsiders can be heroes or villains – a vehicle that allows writers to make observations about a community or the wider world.  Adrian McKinty, Stella Duffy, Abir Mukherjee and Louise Welsh - brilliant, outspoken and very entertaining crime writers - talk about how they use the ‘them and us’ in their novels.

Adrian McKinty addresses all sorts of different notions of identity in his award-winning Sean Duffy series, featuring a university educated Catholic RUC officer in 1980s Carrickfergus. Stella Duffy is always happy to challenge ideas around roles and identity. In her new book The Hidden Room Laurie escaped a cult as a child, but finds her past life and identity catching up with her. Abir Mukherjee sets his crime novels in Calcutta around 1920. Using a British detective and an Indian policeman he explores the dynamic between the two cultures during the period of the British Raj. In her post-apocalyptic crime trilogy Louise Welsh explores how times of plague bring out the best and the worst in people, spawning both extreme hedonism and religious fervour.


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There's barely room on Adrian McKinty's mantelpiece with all his awards. He's currently featured in the Irish Times's Book Club and they're recording a special podcast with Adrian from NOIRELAND at 1pm on Saturday.

Saturday 28




Borders have shaped the people who live near them for centuries – the culture, politics and the crime that arise because of them. Brian McGilloway, David Young, Arne Dahl and Claire McGowan discuss with Craig Robertson how borders across Britain, Ireland and Europe have inspired their crime writing and how changing politics of the last 30 years has impacted on the nature of many borders, providing fertile ground for crime writing.

Brian McGilloway has found the borderlands of northwest Ireland a rich vein for his crime novels. His latest, Bad Blood set in 2016, explores the tensions and extreme reactions to a looming Brexit vote. David Young’s thrillers set in 1970s Berlin use crime fiction to explore a city and its people divided by a physical wall, and the contrasting lives on either side of it. Arne Dahl’s novels addresses the changing nature of Europe’s borders and the consequent rise of ‘all kinds of heavy cross-border criminality’ in Sweden. At the centre of Claire McGowan’s series is the fictional border town of Ballyterrin carrying the weight of decades of crime and violence arising from its location. The chair for the event is Scottish journalist and crimewriter Craig Robertson who will also be sharing his insights into the future of Scotland and its position in the UK and Europe.

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'We're going to build a wall...' One of the biggest, most contentious borders of them all is the one between USA and Mexico. Find out what's happening on the other side of the pond in Americana on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday 28




Beneath the chocolate-box façade, for many crime writers the countryside is a deadly place. From murder mysteries to claustrophobic thrillers, rural life can be a dark and threatening existence. Graeme Macrae Burnet, Stella Duffy, Andrea Carter, Ruth Ware and Anthony J. Quinn discuss their latest dark tales from the countryside.

Anthony J. Quinn sets his own crime novels in one of Northern Ireland’s darkest corners and he’ll be asking the panellists if country life has in fact more darkness than a city setting. The Booker-shortlisted My Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet follows the case of a 19th century crofter driven to madness by his life. In his new novel The Accident on the A35 (out 26 October) Burnet investigates what’s behind the respectable veneer of country towns and the secrets of a sleepy French backwater. Ruth Ware’s bestselling novels specialise in isolated and intense environments. Her new novel The Lying Game reveals the deadly consequences of four girls bored by their quiet rural life. Andrea Carter’s city-born heroine Ben O’Keeffe finds herself in the isolated Inishowen peninsula, an outsider trying to uncover the mysteries and secrets of a tightly knit community. The couple at the centre of The Hidden Room by acclaimed novelist Stella Duffy live a peaceful life in the Lincolnshire Fens, but is this isolation simply a desire to hide from the secrets of the past?

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Interested in the outsiders, struggling with the environment they find themselves in? Then check out Identities, where a panel of brilliant, award-winning crime writers discuss the frictions between the them and us.

Saturday 28



Crime writers all over the world are drawn to the USA as a setting, sometimes they have never actually been there in person. But many novelists find that America is the spiritual home of crime fiction. We ask what attracts writers to the country: the vast landmass that offers so much contrast, from the gritty streets of Chicago, to the wildernesses of Midwest? Is it the love of those icons of crime fiction – the raincoat and fedora, a lone sniper, the courtroom drama? The escapism of books set somewhere so familiar but so far removed from our reality? Andrew Pepper, a crime writer who teaches American Literature at QUB asks Stuart Neville, Ray Celestin and Chris Whitaker why America is the most popular country on the planet to set a crime novel.

Local author Stuart Neville has become a bestseller with his Belfast-set crime novels. Writing under the pseudonym Haylen Beck he has recently turned to the deserts of Arizona for his acclaimed new thriller Here and Gone. Ray Celestin sets his atmospheric stories in early 20th century New Orleans, with its heady backdrop of jazz, superstition and mob rule. It was a city he had never visited, yet conjured a world that even Americans believed in. Londoner Chris Whitaker studies small town life in America in his hit US-set novels Tall Oaks and All the Wicked Girls observing it’s strangeness with a wry wit and recreating its intensity within the pages of his books.


Saturday 28



In Conversation         

International bestseller Robert Crais is one of crime fiction’s most influential writers. His career started in television where he was one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriters, working on legendary shows including Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice. He then became a full-time novelist and created one of crime fiction’s most loved partnerships: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. 


Sunday 29



You don’t have to go to NOIRELAND to know we love crime stories – fact and fiction. One in every three books bought is a crime novel, and the rise in true crime documentaries and podcasts demonstrates the fascination doesn’t end with the novel or TV drama. Four novelists who deal with real life cases discuss the constraints and morality of constructing a narrative around a crime, either through fiction, in the courtroom or through journalism. Diana Bretherick is a former barrister who has lectured on how media depicts criminality her historical novels centre around the world’s first criminologist Cesare Lombroso. She will be talking to Craig Robertson about his life as a crime reporter in Scotland and how journalists depict a crime that has recently taken place. And his research into the dark world of serial killer memorabilia for his most recent novel Murderabilia. Eoin McNamee will be talking about fictionalising famous Northern Ireland murder cases in his award winning novels. And lawyer Steve Cavanagh compares how he constructs a narrative in a real court and how that differs from his US-based legal thrillers starring Eddie Flynn. 


Sunday 29



VIKING v CELT           

It’s been over a millennium since the first Viking invasion of Ireland and crime fiction fans are enjoying the current invasion a lot more! But are the Celts and the Vikings so very different? We explore the similarities between Scandinavian and Irish crime fiction with two of the greatest proponents from each side: bestselling novelists Arne Dahl and Liz Nugent.

Internationally bestselling novelist Arne Dahl is the author of the Intercrime novels which have been adapted into the acclaimed television series Misterioso. Liz Nugent conquered Ireland with Unravelling Oliver, winning the first of her the IBA Crime Fiction Prize. She’s now taking the rest of the world by storm with Lying in Wait, a Richard & Judy book club choice and topping the bestseller charts in Britain and Europe.


Sunday 29



A nostalgic pleasure or obsolete old hat? Whatever you think of Agatha Christie, her novels continue to be some of the most popular books on the planet. With Kenneth Branagh’s highly anticipated Murder on the Orient Express just around the corner, we looks at how Christie-isms are being updated for a modern audience and show how three contemporary crime novelists are taking some of Christie’s best-known characteristics and reinterpreting them to entertain a new generation of crime fans.

Ruth Ware is a modern master of Christie plotting, her small casts of characters people claustrophobic worlds, as clues are gradually revealed to readers. Abir Mukherjee takes the exotic colonial setting and completely changes the dynamic, with his British detective and Indian sergeant solving crimes in early 20th century Calcutta. Andrew Wilson creates a story around the greatest Christie puzzle of all – what happened when she disappeared for 11 days? But the real life mystery is given a postmodern twist, as Agatha herself becomes the centre of a dastardly plot.

So come along and find out who is following in Agatha Christie's footsteps.


Sunday 29



The multi-talented, bestselling novelist Sophie Hannah is one of Britain’s best-loved crime writers. From her gripping psychological thrillers to the internationally bestselling Hercule Poirot follow-on novels, Sophie's different literary guises have earned her huge popular and critical acclaim. Sophie is a brilliantly witty, insightful and entertaining speaker  - this is sure to be one of the highlights of NOIRELAND.

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Sunday 29


PLAYING IN THE DARK: Aidan Gillen talks Crime
with Brian McGilloway*

Internationally renowned actor 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. Aidan Gillen has earned an international reputation as one of Ireland’s finest actors. Gillen has starred in some of the most iconic and influential crime dramas produced in recent years, including the multi-award winning The Wire and RTÉ’s Love/Hate. He will be appearing in the new series of the BBC's Peaky Blinders, which starts this autumn.

*Subject to schedule