16 Nov 2017

Hull Noir: the killer crime fiction festival 

Come and explore the mysterious world of crime fiction in Hull. 

Hull Noir is in full swing this week, celebrating the best of British and international crime fiction through a fantastic range of workshops, films in association with Hull Independent Cinema, and readings by local and national crime authors. 

So if you’ve yet to get involved – here’s what’s you can see from the rest of the festival until 19 November.  

Book Launch Event: Getting Carter Ted Lewis and The Birth of Brit Noir  

17 November, 7pm (Free, booking required)
Kardomah 94 

This event will be an informal chat over at Kardomah with Cathi Unsworth talking about author Ted Lewis, his life and work, and continued influence on contemporary crime writing. If you fancy it, make sure you book on by contacting hullnoir@outlook.com. 

The launch of Nick Triplow’s long awaited biography of Ted Lewis, Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir. Nick will be in conversation with novelist, Cathi Unsworth, talking about Lewis, his life and work, and continued influence on contemporary crime writing. 


(Full day £40, Single Panels £10)

18 November, 10am – 8pm 
Britannia Royal Hotel 

Saturday brings together a fantastic line-up of panels which explore everything from the connections between Hull and Iceland to the influence of American writing in British crime fiction. 

Kicking off the panels from 10am will be Sleeping With The Fishes with Hull Crime Fiction author Nick Quantrill and David Mark vs. Lilja Siguroardottir & Quentin Bates. This panel will look at the style, influence and distinctions and conflicts of Hull and Iceland as locations and inspirations for crime writing. 

Following this, Craphouse To Powerhouse at 11.30am will discuss the post-industrial crime fiction in the North and how the M62 draws a virtual line through the national crime fiction psyche with Danielle Ramsay, Jay Stringer, Luca Veste and Paul Finch. Danielle Ramsay was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2009 and 2010.  

If you’re interested in the challenges of writing contemporary noir fiction, Into The Darkness: The New Noir may be the one for you. This top panel will feature Jake Arnott, who wrote the popular book The Long Firm, the best seller which follows the story of gangsters and gay life. Also on the panel will be Emma Flint, Joseph Knox and novelist, writer and editor Cathi Unsworth who wrote the award-winning short story London Noir. 

If you’re wondering how American writing has ended up in British crime fiction, Howard Linskey, Russel McLean, Sean O’Brien, Andrew Spicer and Nick Triplow will be delving in to these integral roots as well as exploring the work of Ted Lewis through Get Carter, Ted Lewis And The Hard-Boiling of British Crime Fiction at 3.30pm.  

To round up the day at 7pm, the Queen of British crime fiction Martina Cole will be joined by Barry Forshaw in Martina Cole: A Crime Writing Silver Jubilee, to discuss the publication of her novel Dangerous Lady, which has been made in to a four-part British mini series. The story features saucy love affairs and West End gangsters.


(Full day £40, Single Panels £10) 

Sunday features an equally jam-packed day full of thought-provoking panels, which gets underway with Getting Away With Murder Golden Age VS Digital Age at 10am. Abir Mukherjee, Rachel Rhys and Matt Wesolowski will discuss the influence of technologies on crime writing and publishing with Ayo Onatade.

Behind Bars: Freedom, Oppression and Control at 11.30am will explore Hull’s historical links to the slave trade and the characters within crime fiction novels with Eva Dolan, Finnish novelist Kati Hiekkapelto, Stav Sherez and William Ryan. If you want to find out more on where new territories for writing might be found, Off The Beaten Track: Exploring Roads Taken may have the answer. This panel starting at 1pm, will also discuss the unfashionable and hitherto undiscovered landscapes, languages and settings for crime writing with Jacky Collins.

Brawlers and Bastards will look at the ways in which crime writers create antiheroes from protagonists with Steph Broadribb, Mick Herron, Harry Brett and Craig Robertson at 2.30pm, whilst A Year In The Life will feature the writer of Love Like Blood, Mark Billingham as he discusses his writing with the Daily Telegraph with John Connolly. 

If this is all a little too much and you can’t decide what to see, you can also opt to buy a Full Weekend Pass which entitles you to see every panel from both Saturday and Sunday for £75. 

Running also as part of the festival will be a 7.30pm screening of Dead Man’s Shoes on 16 November as well as an 8pm showing of Dark Winter on 18 November.  

Dark Winter tells the story of an ex-trawlerman from East Hull, an adopted teenager from Hessle and an arsonist from Orchard Park, based on David Mark’s incredible first crime novel of the same name. 

The screening of Dead Man’s Shoes features an exclusive pre-film introduction from guest speaker Nick Triplow, Ted Lewis’s biographer and author of Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir. 

To view the whole line-up and get the low down of all festival passes, check it out here


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