Celebrating the best of British and international crime fiction with guests including Martina Cole, Mark Billingham and John Connolly, Hull Noir plays host to the prestigious Iceland Noir on their bi-annual travels from the festival’s home city of Reykjavik.
Highlighting Hull’s crime fiction heritage from Get Carter author Ted Lewis through to the current crop of writers working in the city, the festival forges new connections and examines the themes of contemporary crime fiction through a series of author panels, films and performance.
In partnership with Hull Independent Cinema, Hull Noir will be presenting a short season of exceptional crime films, focusing on Ted Lewis. The gangster classic Get Carter (1971) will be screened in a mini-series with John Boorman’s influential Point Blank (1967), based on Donald Westlake’s hardboiled thriller, The Hunter; and Shane Meadows’ uncompromising small town revenge story, Dead Man’s Shoes (2004).
And Hull-based Ensemble 52 present writer David Mark’s highly acclaimed first novel, Dark Winter. This stage adaptation by Richard Vergette and Nick Lane is a work in progress.
Leading up to the festival, writers and crime fans are encouraged to get involved with a series of workshops and reading groups in venues across the region. View the full list of workshops.
Weekend Pass – £75*
Day Pass Saturday – £40*
Day Pass Sunday – £40*
Single Panel Pass – £10*
Films – £6 – £7 each
Dark Winter Stage Adaptation – £5
* Please note: Weekend, Day and Single Passes do not include entry to film screenings or the stage adaptation of Dark Winter.
Hull Noir Crime Fiction Festival Weekend
Across Saturday and Sunday, Hull Noir sees a series of author panels themed around the city of Hull, its traditions and links with its Icelandic neighbours across the North Sea, and the work of Brit noir pioneer, Ted Lewis.
The panels will take place at the Britannia Royal Hotel, with weekend tickets priced at £75, individual day tickets priced at £40 and individual panel tickets priced at £10.
SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES: HULL VS ICELAND
Nick Quantrill & David Mark vs. Lilja Siguroardottir & Quentin Bates. The panel look at the style, influence and distinctions and conflicts of Hull and Iceland as locations and inspirations for crime writing.
CRAPHOUSE TO POWERHOUSE: THE NORTH, CRIME FICTION AND POST-BREXIT BLUES
Danielle Ramsay, Jay Stringer, Luca Veste and Paul Finch discuss post-industrial crime fiction in the North and how the M62 draws a virtual line through the national crime fiction psyche.
INTO THE DARKNESS: THE NEW NOIR
As eras come and go and each generation defines itself by what came before. Jake Arnott, Emma Flint, Joseph Knox and Cathi Unsworth look at the challenges of writing contemporary noir fiction and the power of historical setting.
GET CARTER, TED LEWIS AND THE HARD-BOILING OF BRITISH CRIME FICTION
The panel, Howard Linskey, Russel McLean, Sean O’Brien, Andrew Spicer and Nick Triplow discuss the influences of American hardboiled writing in British crime fiction, and the part Ted Lewis played in establishing an authentic British tradition.
MARTINA COLE: A CRIME WRITING SILVER JUBILEE
The most borrowed author in prison libraries; the most shoplifted from British bookshops: best-selling Queen of British crime fiction, Martina Cole, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Dangerous Lady, in the company of critic, author and crime fiction aficionado, Barry Forshaw.
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: GOLDEN AGE VS DIGITAL AGE
From wire messages, telegrams and Hansom cabs to new tech, dark web and the emergence of new formats, Abir Mukherjee, Rachel Rhys and Matt Wesolowski discuss the influence of technologies on crime writing and publishing with Ayo Onatade.
BEHIND BARS: FREEDOM, OPPRESSION AND CONTROL
With a background of Hull’s historical links to the slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce and traditions of resistance, Eva Dolan, Kati Hiekkapelto, Stav Sherez and William Ryan explore ways in which crime fiction deals with characters living under oppression or imprisoned by circumstance.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: EXPLORING ROADS LESS TAKEN
Daniel Pembrey, Sarah Ward and David Young discuss the unfashionable and hitherto undiscovered landscapes, languages and settings for crime writing with Jacky Collins, and cast fresh light on where new territories for writing might be found.
BRAWLERS AND BASTARDS
From Bill Sikes through Jack Carter and beyond, Steph Broadribb, Mick Herron, Harry Brett and Craig Robertson look at the ways in which crime authors redeem the irredeemable and create antiheroes from the most unlikeable protagonists.
A YEAR IN THE LIFE
Bringing the festival to a close, Mark Billingham and John Connolly take a not entirely serious look their writing years with Daily Telegraph crime fiction critic, Jake Kerridge. The best, the worst; a year to remember, one to forget; the tears, tantrums and triumphs of a crime writing life.
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