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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

Granite Noir:

Granite Noir: One by One at One with Ruth Ware

Chaired by Peggy Hughes

24 Feb 2022

MH Big Sky Studio

Granite Noir:

Year of Scotland's Stories

Chaired by Fiona Stalker

24 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

The Hound of the Baskervilles

22 Feb–26 Feb 2022

His Majesty's Theatre

Granite Noir:

The First Cut is the Deepest - Or is it?

Chaired by Alex Clark

24 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Friday 25 Feb

Granite Noir:

Secrets and Lies

Chaired by Alex Clark

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Inside Track

Chaired by Kate London

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

The Unknown Workshop

with Eris Young

25 Feb 2022

Central Library

Granite Noir:

Keeping it Brief

Chaired by Peggy Hughes

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

The Century of Deception

Chaired by Bryan Burnett

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

The Hound of the Baskervilles

22 Feb–26 Feb 2022

His Majesty's Theatre

Granite Noir: A Ten Feet Tall production in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts

Witch Hunt

including extracts from The Last Witch by Rona Munro

25 Feb–27 Feb 2022

Kirk of St Nicholas (Mither Kirk)

Granite Noir:

Brilliant Women

Chaired by Jenny Brown

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Bad People Podcast Recording

Chaired by Kate London

25 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Crimewatch – Film Noir Screenings

In A Lonely Place (1950)

Curated by Dr Jacky Collins aka ‘Dr Noir’

25 Feb 2022

Belmont Film House

Saturday 26 Feb

Granite Noir:

The Locked Door Games: Shadow at the Speakeasy

30 Minute Escape Game

26 Feb–27 Feb 2022

Music Hall

Granite Noir:

DIY Book Club

26 Feb 2022

Central Library

Granite Noir:

Magic in the Air

Chaired by Theresa Talbot

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Bold New Voices

Chaired by Katalina Watt

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

How to Get Published

Hosted by Jenny Brown

26 Feb 2022

Central Library

Granite Noir:

No Escape

Chaired by Theresa Talbot

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: A Ten Feet Tall production in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts

Witch Hunt

including extracts from The Last Witch by Rona Munro

25 Feb–27 Feb 2022

Kirk of St Nicholas (Mither Kirk)

Granite Noir:

Closer than Close

Chaired by Bryan Burnett

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Cocktails - Shaken Not Stirred

With Dr Kathryn Harkup

26 Feb 2022

Music Hall

Granite Noir:

The Power of the Past

Chaired by Alex Clark

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

The Hound of the Baskervilles

22 Feb–26 Feb 2022

His Majesty's Theatre

Granite Noir:

Mysteries of Life and Death

Chaired by Fiona Stalker

26 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Crimewatch – Film Noir Screenings

THE KILLERS (1946)

Curated by Dr Jacky Collins aka ‘Dr Noir’

26 Feb 2022

Belmont Film House

Sunday 27 Feb

Granite Noir:

The Locked Door Games: Shadow at the Speakeasy

30 Minute Escape Game

26 Feb–27 Feb 2022

Music Hall

Granite Noir:

The Dark Ages

Chaired by Bryan Burnett

27 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Storytelling with Pauline

With Pauline Cordiner

27 Feb 2022

Central Library

Granite Noir:

Unravelled

Chaired by Katie Goh

27 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Cold Blooded Scandi

Chaired by Jacky Collins

27 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Influencers, Activists and Rebels

Chaired by Katalina Watt

27 Feb 2022

Central Library

Granite Noir: A Ten Feet Tall production in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts

Witch Hunt

including extracts from The Last Witch by Rona Munro

25 Feb–27 Feb 2022

Kirk of St Nicholas (Mither Kirk)

Granite Noir:

Pandemic Tales

Chaired by Katie Goh

27 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

Grace McIntosh: The Life of a Victorian Criminal

A talk by Dr. Dee Hoole and Phil Astley

27 Feb 2022

Other

Granite Noir:

A Sense of Place

Chaired by Sally Magnusson

27 Feb 2022

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir:

BBC Big Band: Criminal Tunes

27 Feb 2022

Music Hall

Granite Noir: Crimewatch – Film Noir Screenings

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)  

Curated by Dr Jacky Collins aka ‘Dr Noir’

27 Feb 2022

Belmont Film House

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 film screenings or Locked Door Games.

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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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