WEEKEND ROVER PASS
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FRIDAY EVENING PASS
Access to all advertised events on Friday 27
Access to all advertised events on Saturday 28
Access to all advertised events on Saturday 29
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.
LINE OF DUTY
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.
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.
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. They also take a look into the future at what opportunities Brexit might pose for a crime writer.
THE DARK SIDE OF COUNTRY LIFE
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.
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.
22:00 - late
A criminally good Halloween party!
Live music and a trick or maybe a treat for the best crime-themed costume.
Costumes optional. Fun compulsory.
TELLING A CRIME STORY
Steve Cavanagh, Craig Robertson and Eoin McNamee talk to Diana Bretherick about our fascination with real crime and why some people find criminals so fascinating. They discuss the constraints and morality of constructing a narrative around a real crime, either through fiction, in the courtroom, or through journalism.
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.
CHRISTIE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
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 ask how Christie-isms can be made relevant 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 if you think Christie’s influence is a thing of the past, think again!
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.