In from the Cold: Northern Noir. A symposium on Northern crime writing, crime fiction translation and criticism

18 October, 2017 (9am – 8.30pm), Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance. Full programme and registration here.

Over the past decade there has been a boom in Northern European crime fiction – in books, film and on television. Characterised by dark, wintry settings and even darker themes, this ‘Northern Noir’ frequently addresses important questions about crime, social welfare, immigration, gender, family and marginalised, vulnerable citizens. This special symposium brings together some of Europe’s best crime writers, translators and critics to discuss the characteristics of northern crime fiction. How does crime fiction in Britain differ from Northern Europe? What are the cultural similarities and differences? Is it possible to define a recognisable ‘northern’ tradition of crime writing that crosses national borders? Our packed programme includes author interviews, readings and panels, academic talks, a translation slam and public workshops. Entrance to this day of events is free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance.

Authors: Håkan Nesser (Sweden), Kjell Ola Dahl (Norway), Torkil Damhaug (Norway), Indrek Hargla (Estonia), Karo Hämäläinen (Finland), Henry Sutton (UK).

Translators: Don Bartlett, Kari Dickson.

Academics, Chairs & Organisers: Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (University College London), Prof. Amanda Hopkinson (City, University of London), Dr Karen Seago (City, University of London), Dr Minna Vuohelainen (City, University of London), Rosie Goldsmith (European Literature Network).


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  1. I was deeply interested in the symposium but couldn’t make it as I’m from Brazil and unfortunately heard about it in very short notice.
    Do you have any materials from it that you intend to publish or make available by any means for those who missed the meeting?
    Thank you,

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