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Granite Noir 2023

Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival,
23 – 26 Feb 2023

Overview

Granite Noir: Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival, 23 – 26 February 2023

 

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 and stories in unusual places and spaces across the city, from our lively festival hub at the Lemon Tree to the Music Hall, The Anatomy Rooms at the heart of the imposing Gothic architecture of Marischal College, Aberdeen Arts Centre and the atmospheric St Nicholas Kirk. Join us to explore the darkness within and around us with fascinating authors from near and far.

DARE TO BE THERE.

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Curriculum

Granite Noir Exhibition

The Curriculum of Crime
Juvenile Delinquency in Early Victorian Aberdeen

 

With detailed personal observations of the characters and backgrounds of young offenders, the papers of Alexander Thomson (1792-1862) held by Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives shed light on the enlightened attitudes that existed in nineteenth century Aberdeen and the efforts that were made by social reformers to ensure children were not drawn into a life of crime. Aberdeen was at the forefront of efforts to steer young people away from prison through alternatives such as industrial schools. Using copies of original records, this exhibition will take a closer look at the children, some of whom were as young as eight when they were incarcerated, their backgrounds and the nineteenth century city of which they were a part.

Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 February

Free exhibition in the Music Hall

Thursday 23 Feb

Sarah Armstrong press photo

Granite Noir: Literature at Lunchtime with Sarah Armstrong

23 Feb 2023

MH Big Sky Studio
Francisco Garcia press photo

Granite Noir: We All Go Into The Dark with Francisco Garcia

23 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Horror with Haunt Publishing

23 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Writers of Colour Workshop with Scottish BPOC Writers Network

23 Feb 2023

Livestream

Granite Noir: Defamiliarise this! A Workshop with Ever Dundas

23 Feb 2023

Livestream
Heal and Harrow perform at Granite Noir 2023

Granite Noir: Heal & Harrow - Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl

23 Feb 2023

Kirk of St Nicholas (Mither Kirk)
Granite Noir Scandi crime writers

Granite Noir: Coorie In with Scandi Crime Friends with Antti Tuomainen and Lina Bengtsdotter

23 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Girl From The North Country

21 Feb–25 Feb 2023

His Majesty's Theatre
Fun Lovin' Crime Writers press photo

Granite Noir: Fun Lovin' Crime Writers

23 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Friday 24 Feb

Granite Noir: Literature at Lunchtime with Andrew James Greig

24 Feb 2023

MH Big Sky Studio
Sarah Todd Taylor at Granite Noir 2023

Granite Noir: Children's Workshop with Sarah Todd Taylor

24 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: Telling the Tales of the Past with Kaite Welsh, Vaseem Khan and Johana Gustawsson

24 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Zine Noir

24 Feb 2023

MH Big Sky Studio
New Scottish Crime at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: New Scottish Crime with Chris Brookmyre, Denzil Meyrick and Doug Johnstone

24 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Crimewatch - Film Screenings Knives Out

24 Feb 2023

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Girl From The North Country

21 Feb–25 Feb 2023

His Majesty's Theatre

Granite Noir: In Conversation with Val McDermid

24 Feb 2023

Music Hall

Granite Noir: A Night of Noir with the Scots Scriever with Shane Strachan

24 Feb 2023

Music Hall

Saturday 25 Feb

Granite Noir: Face Your Fears with Jonathan Meres and Scaredy Bat

25 Feb 2023

Central Library
Bold New Voices at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: Bold New Voices with Cailean Steed, Kitty Murphy and Rachelle Atalla

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree
Wendy Joseph KC speaks at Granite Noir 2023

Granite Noir: Trials of the Old Bailey

25 Feb 2023

Music Hall
ES Thomson at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: Poison Pen Workshop with E.S. Thomson

25 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: Crimewatch - Film Screening Zootropolis

25 Feb 2023

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Granite Noir: Children's Detective Adventures

25 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: Author Conversation - Gothic Elements

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: An Introduction to Publishing

25 Feb 2023

Aberdeen Arts Centre
Improvised crime scene investigations at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

25 Feb–26 Feb 2023

MH Big Sky Studio

Granite Noir: Crimewatch - Film Screenings: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

25 Feb 2023

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Granite Noir: Author Conversation - Edgy, Weird and Wonderful

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Children's Workshop - Detective Adventures with Maz Evans

25 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: In Conversation with Tina Baker

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: In Conversation with Charlie Higson

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Girl From The North Country

21 Feb–25 Feb 2023

His Majesty's Theatre

Granite Noir: Nightime Noir with Scottish BPOC Writers Network

25 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Sunday 26 Feb

Improvised crime scene investigations at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

25 Feb–26 Feb 2023

MH Big Sky Studio

Granite Noir: No Escape

26 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Fiction in Real Life?

26 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree
Sofia Slater and Kia Abdullah talk at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: And I Thought I Knew You with Sofia Slater and Kia Abdullah

26 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree

Granite Noir: Crimewatch Film Screenings: Vertigo

26 Feb 2023

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Granite Noir: Scottish Literature- A Criminal Practice?

26 Feb 2023

Lemon Tree
Curriculum of Crime discusses juvenile delinquency at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: The Curriculum of Crime

26 Feb 2023

Cowdray Hall

Granite Noir: Cocktails - Shaken Not Stirred

26 Feb 2023

The Terrace

Join us online

Livestreamed Events

Following on from the success of our fully livestreamed Granite Noir in 2021, you can now enjoy a selection of our 2023 events at home!

For all those who joined us online in 2022, you’ll know how the story goes. If you’re joining us for the first time, all you need to do is book your tickets and the joining link will be sent to you shortly before the event starts.

New Scottish Crime at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: New Scottish Crime with Chris Brookmyre, Denzil Meyrick and Doug Johnstone LIVESTREAM

24 Feb 2023

Online Event

Granite Noir: No Escape LIVESTREAM

26 Feb 2023

Online Event
Bold New Voices at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: Bold New Voices - Livestream

25 Feb 2023

Online Event
Fflur Dafydd and Louise Swanson at Granite Noir 2023

Granite Noir: Fiction in Real Life? LIVESTREAM

25 Feb 2023

Online Event

Granite Noir: Author Conversation - Gothic Elements LIVESTREAM

25 Feb 2023

Livestream

Granite Noir: Author Conversation - Edgy, Weird and Wonderful LIVE STREAM

25 Feb 2023

Livestream

Granite Noir: In Conversation with Tina Baker LIVE STREAM

25 Feb 2023

Livestream

Granite Noir: In Conversation with Charlie Higson LIVE STREAM

25 Feb 2023

Livestream

Granite Noir: Nightime Noir with Scottish BPOC Writers Network LIVESTREAM

25 Feb 2023

Online Event
Sofia Slater and Kia Abdullah talk at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: And I Thought I Knew You LIVESTREAM

26 Feb 2023

Livestream
Alan Riach and Louise Welsh talk Tartan Noir at Granite Noir

Granite Noir: Scottish Literature - A Criminal Practice? LIVESTREAM

26 Feb 2023

Online Event

Brochure

Family Events

Granite Noir: Children's Workshop - Detective Adventures with Maz Evans

25 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: Face Your Fears with Jonathan Meres and Scaredy Bat

25 Feb 2023

Central Library

Granite Noir: Children's Detective Adventures

25 Feb 2023

Central Library
Sarah Todd Taylor at Granite Noir 2023

Granite Noir: Children's Workshop with Sarah Todd Taylor

24 Feb 2023

Central Library

Accommodation & Travel Offers

Douglas Hotel

Book tickets for Granite Noir and receive discount at the Douglas Hotel.

Ticket holders will receive an email shortly after booking with details for how to access the discount.

First Bus

Look out for travel deals with FirstBus! Bookers will be notified of how to claim during the week of the festival.

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