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Granite Noir

Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival,
24 – 27 Feb 2022


Granite Noir: Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival, 24 – 27 Feb 2022

We’re back and we’re in person for 2022!

Granite Noir is inspired by the incredible popularity of crime fiction in all its forms, by the fantastic contribution that Scottish writers make, by our love affair with Nordic Noir, on the page and on screen, and most of all inspired by Aberdeen, which is the perfect backdrop for the festival – steeped in history, atmospheric, quirky and with a strong sense of place.

It’s our pleasure to bring you a fantastic programme of noir writing in unusual places and spaces across the city, from our lively festival hub at the Lemon Tree to the newly restored Cowdray Hall and the atmospheric St Nicholas Kirk. We can’t wait to explore the darkness within and around us with fascinating authors from near and far.

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Granite Noir Exhibition

The Grit in the Granite:

The darker side of Victorian Aberdeen

In association with Aberdeen Archives, Galleries and Museums

When Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, Aberdeen was on the verge of major expansion. The population more than doubled over the course of her reign and many of the impressive granite buildings for which the ‘Silver City’ is so well known were also constructed during the nineteenth century.

However, beneath the grand façade lurked a much darker side to the city’s character. Using evidence  from Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives this exhibition provides a glimpse of how the grinding poverty experienced by a section of the population led to destitution, juvenile delinquency, crime and prostitution.

FREE Exhibition
in the Music Hall and Lemon Tree

Thursday 24 Feb

Friday 25 Feb

Saturday 26 Feb

Sunday 27 Feb

Streamed Events

Customers will be emailed a link to watch the livestream in advance of the event.

Granite Noir Discounts

The more shows you enjoy at Granite Noir 2022, the  more you save! Just log in to your account add the shows to your basket and the discounts will add automatically!

Buy 5 or more – 15% off
Buy 10 or more – 20% off
Buy 12 or more – 25% off

Does not include livestreamed events, film screenings or Locked Door Games.


Discover Granite Noir 2021

Crime went online in 2021

Over the 19-21 February 2021, Granite Noir streamed online and was viewed by tens of thousands of people in all four corners of the world. Whether to relive your favourite moments again or see the talks you missed, we invite you to watch Granite Noir again.

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