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NOIRELAND International Crime Festival Belfast!!

Article by Louise Phillips © 6 September 2017.
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 NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival will take place in Belfast from October 27th to 29th, featuring “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.
NOIRELAND is the brainchild of David Torrans who established the No Alibis Book Store twenty years ago and has been at the forefront promoting Irish crime fiction and bringing the greatest international crime writers to Belfast.
And here are some of the highlights…..sounds like a weekend not to be missed!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HERE….https://www.noireland.com/


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.


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.


What makes you really scared? Four crime writers discuss why and how we use crime fiction to face our deepest fears.
Caz Frear, Jo SpainAli Land and Steve Mosby

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Adrian McKintyStella DuffyAbir Mukherjee and Louise Welshreflect on questions around identity and how crime fiction explores sexuality, gender, race, culture and religion.



Borders have shaped the people who live near them for centuries – the culture, politics and the crime that arise because of them. Brian McGillowayDavid Young, Arne Dahl and Claire McGowandiscuss 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.

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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 DuffyAndrea CarterRuth Ware and Anthony J. Quinn discuss their latest dark tales from the countryside.

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Stuart Neville (who also writes as Haylen Beck), Helen Callaghanand Ray Celestin discuss why the USA attracts so many crime writers as a setting for their novels – whether they’re American or not. Is America just the perfect location for a crime and, if so, why?


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.



A criminally good Halloween party!
Live music and a trick or maybe a treat for the best crime-themed costume.

Costumes optional. Fun compulsory.



Steve CavanaghCraig 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.



Agatha Christie and other Golden Age authors introduced us to the classic murder mysteries: stories set in picturesque villages, or amongst travellers in exotic locations; mysteries solves by brilliant detectives, ably assisted by their lowly side-kick. Now a new generation of authors are taking those familiar tropes and re-inventing them for a modern audience. Ruth Ware, Abir Mukherjee and Andrew Wilson discuss how the murder mystery has grown up.



The multi-talented, bestselling novelist Sophie Hannah talks to journalist Jake Kerridge about her writing career. From her gripping psychological thrillers to the internationally bestselling Hercule Poirot follow-on novels, Sophie is one of Britain’s best-loved crime novelists.

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LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat in Kerry and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Her current novel, THE GAME CHANGER, is available nationwide. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first novel, RED RIBBONS was published in the US. She was also awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland. In August, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, is due for publication in the US with Polis Books. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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