Happy New Year! Here are five of our favourite things which you may like to explore in the next 12 months:
For the Nordic Noir viewer: Presuming you have already watched the latest series of The Bridge, our top DVD series recommendation is Eyewitness. This dark 6 part TV mini series from Norway and is available to buy on DVD here. It tells the story of two teenage boys who see something they shouldn’t have and the ensuing turmoil in their lives. It is really, really good. I suggest sticking it in the DVD player around 3pm on dark, wet, cold winter’s Sunday and doing a binge watch until bedtime.
For the Nordic Noir dabbler: Snow Blind and Night Blind by Ragnar Jonasson. These books are the first two satisfying reads from a series of five. If you know someone who likes to read crime but has not ventured over to the Nordic authors then these are the ideal introduction. They are police procedurals and not too violent or gruesome. Set in a small town in the north of Iceland the books have classic crime elements, are well written and skilfully translated. The perfect choice for those who want a hint of mystery in their lives rather than to be terrified. If you buy them from Goldsboro Books you can get signed first edition hardbacks of both.
For the fan who wants to take things up a step and attend a crime writing festival you could get a pass for Iceland Noir in November 2016. This is a great festival in Reykjavik, a beautiful city with coffee included in the ticket price. Lots of airlines fly to Iceland now and November is usually before the snow but also dark enough to appreciate the Christmas decorations and candles everywhere. You can hear lots of international crime authors speak, meet the authors and other readers and fans, wrap up warm, explore the city and relax.
If Iceland seems to far to go then try Newcastle Noir which is very easy to get to and is a very friendly place to visit. The festival is relatively new and has a cracking line up this year and will be covering themes such as Scandinavia, Iceland, Brit Noir, the supernatural, thrillers and Mexican writing. Some of the authors appearing are Val McDermid, Anne Cleeves, Mari Hannah, Quentin Bates, Gunnar Staalesen, and Lilja Sigurdardottir. This weekend festival happens at the end of April from the 30th to May 1st. You can buy a weekend pass or just attend for one day if you prefer. My top tip if you are thinking of going is to book your accommodation now. Newcastle fills up very quickly.
Newcastle Noir 2015
All the very best for 2016 everyone!