Friday 8 - Sunday 10 March 2019
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE and from NO ALIBIS BOOK STORE,
83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL
WEEKEND ROVER PASS
Access to all events in the advertised programme (includes NOIRELAND weekender goody bag)
FRIDAY EVENING PASS
Access to all advertised events on Friday 8 March
Access to all advertised events on Saturday 9 March
Access to all advertised events on Sunday 10 March
NOIRELAND 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. You’ll receive a free NOIRELAND tote bag and we’ll be giving out proof copies of some of 2019’s hottest crime titles.
AN ENGLISHWOMAN, AN IRISHWOMAN, AND A SCOTSWOMAN WALK INTO THE NOIR
Some of the greatest women writing crime fiction today come together in this incredible event. Ireland’s own Jo Spain will be welcoming Belinda Bauer and Denise Mina to the Land of Noir. The three crime writers will bring their wit and wisdom to a fascinating and highly entertaining discussion about crime fiction. Laugher is guaranteed!
We’re just working on a top secret event, so please bear with us. But don’t worry - it will be worth waiting for!
THE RISE OF TRUE CRIME
Some of the most gripping audio of recent years has been the wave of true crime podcasts. Written and presented with the pace of a thriller we ask how much crime fiction has influenced the true crime podcast and what impact it is now having on the genre. Novelists Denise Mina, Matt Wesolowski and Olivia Kiernan discuss.
Crime fiction often focuses on the villain, the hero, or the investigator, leaving the victim as no more than only the physical evidence that a crime took place. We look at writers who focus on the human being at the heart of the crime. Elodie Harper, Dervla McTiernan, Stuart Turton and M. J. Arlidge discuss with Andrea Carter how their novels get into the victims’ heads.
STUART MACBRIDE in conversation with Adrian McKinty
Stuart MacBride holds many titles - 2014 World Stovies Champion (making, not eating!), winner of Celebrity Mastermind 2017, ‘The Beard to be Feared’! But we know him best as the number one bestseller writer of the DS Logan McRae series.
Stuart will be talking about his writing career, literary inspirations, but also probably his cats and weedy vegetable patch with Adrian McKinty.
We explore the world of gothic crime writing with authors who like to take us to the dark side, blending horror and supernatural elements with their crime fiction. Laura Purcell, Caroline Lea and William Ryan talk to bestselling novelist Elly Griffiths about their passion for dark tales.
We all know ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but what does it mean for crime fiction? More political novels, or an escape to cosier crimes? Four novelists from the UK, Ireland & Europe will be discussing not whether it’s good or bad, but what it says about our world and why that’s relevant in crime fiction. Martyn Waites, Brian McGilloway and Aidan Conway discuss the issues with Declan Hughes.
CRIME & (ANTI) SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has taken hold of our world: millions of users interact with each other every minute of every day. Mostly it’s benign, but there is another side to it that can also be much more sinister. Crime novelists Claire Allan, Adam Hamdy and Thomas Enger have written about the darker side of social media and explore the potential consequences of our addiction to it.
The outsider is one of the great tropes of crime fiction – the loner hero, the shadowy figure in the background, or the detective arriving in a quiet town. The outsider is also the perfect vehicle for a crime novelist to reflect on a community and act as the dispassionate eyes of an observer. Adrian McKinty, Will Dean, Alex Reeve and Renee Knight talk about the role the outsider plays in their crime novels.
Grab yourself a nightcap, settle down and listen to NOIRELAND’s bedtime story for grown-ups. Welcome to Jack-a-NOIR-y.
We will be selecting one of the hottest books of 2019 to be read aloud by one of the hottest actors. Watch the moon rise over Belfast in the stunning surroundings of the Europa’s penthouse suite. This is going to be one of the hottest tickets around. Numbers are limited so book your ticket now!
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BONDS
James Bond has endured as one of the great icons of the thriller genre but how has he influenced modern thrillers and what are the challenges of writing about Secret Service agents for 21st century audiences? James Swallow is the bestselling author of Nomad, whose MI6 agent, Marc Dane, is more comfortable behind the computer than punching bad guys. Asia Mackay’s Secret Service assassin, Lex Tyler, is just returning from maternity leave, determined to prove she’s still up for the job . . . just as long as she can find her Glock under the pile of nappies. And Douglas Lindsay introduces us to DI Ben Westphall, an ex-MI6 agent with a knack for getting into people’s heads.
CHILLIN’ LIKE A VILLAIN
Villains have always fascinated both crime reader and crime writer. Steve Cavanagh, Karen Hamilton and Elly Griffiths explore the nature of the villain in crime fiction with Gerard Brennan. Whether they are the ultimate bogeymen or more nuanced and morally ambiguous, a good villain ultimately has to mesmerise the reader.
Crime fiction’s villains are no longer just psychopathic killers or gang lords. Politicians have moved from being seen as wise leaders, ably representing communities and nations, to being regarded with increasing suspicion – devious, power-hungry egomaniacs. Sarah Vaughan, author of the bestselling Anatomy of a Scandal, D. B. John, author of the acclaimed North Korean thriller Star of the North, and Tony Kent, whose Belfast-set Killer Intent was selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club, will be asking if politicians are the new super villains of a post-truth world.
Behind the Scenes of TAKEN DOWN
From the creators of the RTE’s hit television series Love/Hate and Jo Spain, Ireland’s number one bestselling crime writer, comes an extraordinary new crime series. Its award-winning director David Caffrey *, star Jimmy Smallhorne, co-writer Jo Spain and producer Jane Gogan tell us about the series - a welcome addition to the growing number of hugely successful Irish TV Crime dramas, both at home and abroad.
*Subject to availability