Granite Noir 2024: Bold New Voices
Chaired by Jacky Collins
Three emerging authors from inspiring independent presses come together on stage.
In Adam Oyebanji’s A Quiet Teacher we meet Greg Abimbola – a language teacher at the prestigious Calderhill Academy in Pittsburgh. Only that’s not his real name . . . or the only secret he’s hiding. Greg has a closetful.
Jesse Greer discovers troubled older sister Crys’ remains in the woods behind his family’s house. Traumatised, Jesse runs to his parents for help, only to find that Crys has returned home, alive. The False Sister by Briar Ripley Page brings chills from page one.
Imagine copy upon copy of yourself! This is exactly what’s dealt by Maud Woolf to her characters in Thirteen Ways to Kill Lulabelle Rock. Set in a world of the near future, the celebrity elite have access to a technology that allows them to make perfect copies of themselves.
About the Speakers
Adam Oyebanji was born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He has lived in Birmingham, London, Lagos, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York and now calls Edinburgh home. A graduate of Birmingham University and Harvard Law School, Adam works in the field of counter-terrorist financing, helping banks choke off the money supply to rogue states, narcotics empires, and human trafficking networks. His acclaimed debut novel, Braking Day, was published in 2022. A Quiet Teacher is his first mystery novel.
Briar Ripley Page
Briar Ripley Page is the author of two books for adults: Corrupted Vessels (about a tiny cult) and Body After Body (erotic dystopian horror). Briar’s work has also appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and made the Brave New Weird award shortlist in 2022.
Maud Woolf is a Scottish speculative writer with a particular focus on horror and science fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of online magazines, including Metaphorosis Magazine where her short story ‘The Stranding’ was selected to appear in the Best of Metaphorosis 2020. Over the course of her life she’s worked a number of jobs including waitressing, comic book selling, sign holding and as a tour guide at a German dollhouse museum. When not exploring Glasgow’s labyrinthine system of abandoned tunnels she spends most of her free time watching old hollywood films and attempting to knit.
Dr Jacky Collins aka Dr Noir, formerly Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Literature, Film & TV and Spanish Language & Culture, is currently based at Stirling University. In 2014 Jacky established the International Crime Fiction Festival that is Newcastle Noir. With a keen passion for crime in translation, the festival regularly welcomes authors from the Nordic countries, Germany, France and more recently from Romania. More recently, she has been venturing into local radio, co-hosting a fortnightly crime fiction programme on SpiceFM, hosting literary events online with the Honey & Stag events team, and has joined Corylus Books, a new indie publisher of fine crime fiction in translation: from Romania, Iceland and beyond.
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