Hull Noir, the city’s celebrated crime fiction festival, is back with a bang for a day-long online event on Saturday 20 March.
The inaugural 2017 festival was held to huge acclaim from crime fiction lovers, with hundreds flocking to panels, talks, film screenings and discussions over seven action-packed days. They then returned with a one-off panel the following year, bringing Eva Dolan, Ali Harper, Sarah Hilary, and Jo Jakeman together as part of Humber Mouth Literature Festival.
For 2021, Hull Noir marks the 50th anniversary of the British crime classic, Get Carter – adapted from Ted Lewis’ seminal crime novel Jack’s Return Home. For Lewis, who studied at Hull Art School in the late 1950s and whose novels reference the city and its hinterland, the towns on the south bank of the Humber, and the bleak Lincolnshire coast, 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of his novel Plender, this year’s festival read.
Nick Triplow, Hull Noir co-organiser and author of acclaimed Ted Lewis biography, Getting Carter, says:
“We were disappointed not to be able to host the Festival last year – particularly to mark what would have been Lewis’s 80th birthday and 50 years of Jack’s Return Home – but we’re just glad to be back in business.”
Festival co-organiser, Hull born crime writer, Nick Quantrill says:
“We’ve been working hard to put together a day of fascinating panels exploring crime writing from around the north – and further afield! – so get ready to book your tickets and climb inside the heads of some of the most talented crime writers in the UK.”
Confirmed authors already include Mark Billingham, celebrating 20 years of Tom Thorne, with his novel Cry Baby, Laura Shepherd Robinson, whose debut Blood & Sugar won the Debut Crown at the Historical Writers’ Awards, New York Times Bestselling author of The Whisper Man, Alex North, and Hull-born Ian McGuire, whose novel The North Water was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Also appearing will be Hull’s prolific novelist Louise Beech, Sunday Times bestseller Harrier Tyce, author of Blood Orange, and many more.
As festival co-organiser and publisher, Nikki East says:
“This year will be different, but isn’t everything? We hope people will join us for a day of crime discussion and debate from the comfort of their own homes.
They don’t even have to take their slippers off.”
There’ll be no charge for tickets, which will be available from Sunday 21 February along with the full festival lineup. Follow the Hull Noir Facebook and twitter (@hullnoir) for all the most up to date information.
[Christina Lewis – Wild Card Creative]