The Aye Write festival in Glasgow (9-19 March) always has an interesting programme and some years appeal more than others appeal to crime fans. This year they have 200 authors in 3 venues and it’s a good one for Nordic and Scottish crime fans. In fact there are too many interesting events for us to recommend so here are our highlights:
Roslund & Hellstrom, Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen, Award winning Scandi crime, Saturday 11 March – An excellent line up for fans of Nordic Noir and if you want to start exploring Finnish authors then Antti and Kati are both translated into English and readily available in the UK. The Swedish Duo Roslund & Hellstrom are translated and in print around the globe and write hard hitting tales. Barry Forshaw describes them in the Independent thus – ‘Famous now for being a criminologist and an ex-criminal, the pair relish grabbing the reader by the throat and shaking – hard.’
Ian Rankin , 30 Years of Rebus, Sunday 12 March – Its Rebus. It’s his anniversary. Go and celebrate!
Val McDermind, Out of Bounds, Saturday 18 March – Val is such an eloquent speaker it is always a pleasure to listen to her.
Jo Nesbo, The Thirst, Tuesday 18 April – The rock star of Nordic crime authors!
Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson on The Darkness of Orkney & Shetland, Friday 10 March. These islands offer an interesting perspective to crime and both these authors know them well. Having heard both these authors speak before we know this will be an enjoyable event.
Finally a shout of has to go to a free event called Glasgow: A Reading City on March 17th , not crime related, but one of the speakers there Paul Docherty wrote the music to my Iceland Noir short film. He is a passionate speaker on reading and literacy.
There are many more crime genre events, workshops and family events. You can view the whole programme for Aye Write here.
See you there!