A spring of Nordic Noir literature

at Granite Noir, Newcastle Noir & CrimeFest

The Nordic Noir genre has been hugely successful with authors such as Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson and Karin Fossum, influencing international literature. Over the course of this spring, many central authors in the genre will appear at several crime literature festivals in the UK.


This weekend, Aberdeen’s crime fiction book festival Granite Noir explores the enthralling stories that keep us thrusting ourselves into the alluring heart of darkness through talks, discussions, workshops and film screenings. Norwegian authors Thomas Enger and Gunnar Staalesen are attending.

As one of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen will introduce a rare UK screening of Cold Hearts of 2012 followed by a conversation and audience Q&A session. The film is co-written and directed by lead actor Trond Espen Seim and based on one of Staalesen’s novels in the series about private detective and anti-hero Varg Veum. Staalesen will also make an appearance at Noir at the Bar – a night of readings and hijinks where anything can happen – hosted by the founder of Glasgow’s Noir at the Bar, Russel D McLean.

Considered “one of the most unusual and intense writers in the field” by the Independent, former journalist Thomas Enger will present his most recent novel in English, Cursed, involving a missing woman, a dead man and a wealthy family guarding terrible secrets. The novel is the second in the series about journalist Henning Juul which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Together with Enger, Danish Thomas Rydahl will present his debut The Hermit.

Later on this year, Enger and Staalesen will also attend the popular crime convention CrimeFest in Bristol May 18-21, together with Kjell Ola Dahl, who is also among the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Jørn Lier Horst, Torkil Damhaug and Hans Olav Lahlum. The crime writing festival Newcastle Noir, April 28-30, will see appearances by Enger and Dahl.

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