Granite Noir Archive

Aberdeen's new crime writing festival with author conversations,
workshops, walking tours, exhibitions and more

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The Granite City will play host to a gripping new book festival from Friday 24 - Sunday 26 February 2017, with special guests including renowned crime writers Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre – and the North-east’s very own crime fiction stalwart Stuart MacBride.

The inaugural Granite Noir, will delve into the ‘Northern Phenomenon’, paying homage to the wealth of talent from Scotland and Scandinavia.

In addition to conversations with MacBride, Mina, Brookmyre and others, Granite Noir will welcome Nordic Noir authors who are travelling from every corner of Scandinavia to talk to audiences about their novels and their working methods. Other events will include a free audio walk, film screenings, workshops for adults and kids that delve into the city’s rich archives, and conversations about everything from the nature of evil, to the pleasures - and perils - of spending 40 years with the same character.

The full programme and guest line-up will be released shortly.

The festival is organised by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Belmont Filmhouse and Aberdeen City Council’s Library and Archive, with support from Aberdeen City Council. It is programmed by Lee Randall, formerly of The Scotsman, now a freelance writer and interviewer who regularly appears at book festivals throughout the UK. She was also one of this year’s judges for Bloody Scotland McIlvenney Prize.

Inspiration for the festival also comes from the Silver City’s fascinating history, with events drawing on Aberdeen’s rich archive, including exhibits featuring treasure from police archives and a chance to help ‘solve’ an historic crime.

Other events will include a Dark Doric writing workshop and two workshops designed for children who love to draw or write. Research chemist and Agatha Christie fan Dr Kathryn Harkup – who recently hosted A is for Arsenic during Aberdeen’s TechFest – will talk about the famous author’s favourite poisons while guests dine on dainty delicacies – high tea has never been so dangerous!

There will be also be a specially commissioned audio walk created by Music Hall Associate Artists Maya Chowdry and Sarah Hymas. The festival is working in partnership with SPECTRA to create a photography and writing collaboration inspired by the secret parts of Aberdeen, which will become part of both festivals.

Granite Noir is a partnership between Aberdeen Performing Arts, The Belmont Filmhouse and Aberdeen City Council's Library and Archive