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Granite Noir 2023

Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival


Granite Noir: Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival


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.



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

Friday 24 Feb

Saturday 25 Feb

Sunday 26 Feb

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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.


Family Events

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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