Granite Noir Crime Book Festival in North East Scotland is back for 2020. There will be a huge selection of author conversations, exhibitions, local history talks, film screenings, music, workshops and more, all inspired by crime fiction. Aberdeen – steeped in history, atmosphere and a real sense of place – makes the perfect backdrop for the festival. This year the line-up could not be stronger, with headliners Sara Paretsky, and CWA members Ian Rankin and Ben Aaronovitch taking to the stage in the iconic Music Hall auditorium.
Paretsky is Granite Noir’s Scottish Exclusive headliner, and brings with her Shell Game – the next instalment in her famous V.I. Warshawski series which she will discuss with chair Denise Mina. Paretsky changed the crime fiction landscape in 1982 with the creation of her iconic character – a smart, sassy, female detective who’s more than a match for Chicago’s criminal element, and who shares her creator’s passion for social justice. Paretsky has also opened doors for other women, establishing Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organisation promoting the advancement and recognition of women crime writers. This is set to be an engaging discussion, and Granite Noir say they can’t wait to welcome Sara to the festival.
Ian Rankin, the undisputed King of Tartan Noir, is joined at Granite Noir 2020 (in a panel sponsored by the CWA) by his friend and comedian Phill Jupitus for a night of all things Rebus, the re-release of Westwind, and revealing just which crime novels they would pack for an extended stay on an uninhabited island. The pair will end the night at The Lemon Tree hosting a DJ set, ‘The Boys Are Back – With Tunes’, packed full of their favourite tracks that’ll be sure to get you up and on the dance floor. You don’t want to miss it.
Aberdeen will also welcome Ben Aaronovitch to the festival stage, and he’ll be in conversation with Granite Noir ambassador Stuart MacBride, where they will talk about the latest instalment in Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, False Value. Not only will the pair discuss the bestselling series, they will talk magic, mayhem, crime fighting and comics too, so there really is something for everyone.
Although author conversations are at the core of Granite Noir, there is a wide variety of unique events. Relax with a G&T as three of today’s most exciting crime writers share excerpts from their work at ‘Gin and Sin’. Or have a go at improving your own writing at ‘Nudge Nudge – Write Write!’ with author Daisy Waugh, as she shows you how to make the most of your creative ideas. Why not take the little ones along and get involved in some ‘Monstrously Funny Adventures’ with Justin Davies, or some ‘CSI: Crime Squirrel Investigators’ with CBeebies screenwriter Emily Dodd? Perhaps one of the most exclusive events this year is the live action courtroom drama – ‘See You in Court!’ – where audiences will witness a re-enactment of one of Aberdeen’s most notorious crime trials: The Stonehaven Tragedy.
It is sure to be a thrilling weekend, jam-packed with enthralling conversation, music and performance, and the organisers cannot wait to welcome you to Granite Noir, 20 – 23 February 2020.