'NOIRELAND' is a celebration of Ireland’s love of crime-fiction, featuring the best in local talent, guest appearances by international crime-writing stars, and in-depth conversations with some of the greatest screenwriters to put crime dramas on the screen. The festival is the brain child of David Torrans who established No Alibis Book Store twenty years ago. It has gained an international reputation for its outstanding events programme and attracts authors to Belfast from across the world.
In its inaugural year the bar has been set very high. Among the many guests this year include the team behind Line of Duty, Robert Crais,Benjamin Black, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Adrian McKinty, Arne Dahl, Liz Nugent,Sophie Hannah and internationally renowned Irish actor Aidan Gillen.
'NOIRELAND' is not afraid to address some of the big topics of the day. There are panels discussing how crime-fiction can be used to address issues around identity,gender, religion and race. Guests take look at borders and what might happen in a post-Brexit world and ask if rural life is as cosy as it seems.
Along with the festival of events, 'NOIRELAND' will be hosting a regular podcast ‘NOIRELAND presents…’ talking to some of the top names in crime fiction about their own connections to Ireland including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Lynda LaPlante.NOIRELAND takes place Friday 27 October – Sunday 29 October, 2017
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