Hull Noir, November 18-19 – Festival Preview

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Hull Noir – Preview

by Sarah Morgan

Hull. A once forgotten city undergoing a revival thanks to its year as the UK’s City of Culture.

But beneath the glitz and glamour of many of the exhibitions and moments, there lurks a darker heart, one beating with blood, gore, murder and mayhem – thankfully it’s all perfectly legal.

Yorkshire is no stranger to crime festivals – Harrogate’s annual shindig is arguably the best around – but the one taking place at Hull’s Britannia Royal Hotel on November 18th and 19th promises to be just as enthralling thanks to the city’s crime-writing heritage and a number of wonderful guests.

What’s more, it’s teamed up with Hull’s twin city of Reykjavik to bring visitors wonderful authors and tales from Iceland, which has its own burgeoning genre scene.

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Author Martina Cole comes to Hull Nor Crime Festival

“Local flavour”

If it’s big names you’re looking for, they don’t come much more impressive than that of Martina Cole. She will be participating in one of the ten writer panels/talks to feature during the weekend.

Cole’s books are reputedly the most borrowed from prison libraries and the most stolen from bookshops! She’s currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Dangerous Lady, and will be talking to crime writing expert Barry Forshaw about her career to date on Saturday evening.

Mark Billingham, creator of the acclaimed Tom Thorne novels, will share the stage with John Connolly; their light-hearted Sunday afternoon chat will close the event and sees them look back at their experiences – some good, some bad, most of them enlightening and hilarious.

If you’d prefer something with a more local flavour, writers Nick Quantrill and David Mark, who both set their books in Hull, start by examining the reasons why the city is a great setting for their favourite genre, while Lilja Siguroardottir and Quentin Bates join them to sing the praises of Iceland.

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Author, Nick Triplow


Arguably the most revealing event of the entire two days comes on Saturday afternoon when Nick Triplow (pictured right) is joined on stage by Howard Linskey, Russel McLean, Sean O’Brien and Andrew Spicer to discuss the life, career and influence of Ted Lewis, the man responsible for Jack’s Return Home, the novel that was turned into the landmark movie Get Carter.

Lewis was a local boy (raised in Barton and educated at the Hull School of Art) whose work has had a lasting impact on British noir despite him never becoming a household name.

That’s just a short taste of what to expect from the festival. Film showings and a staged reading of David Mark’s first novel, Dark Winter, are also among the highlights to look out for.

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