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“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” G.K. Chesterton Aberdeen welcomes you to a new addition to its cultural calendar: the inaugural GRANITE NOIR festival, exploring the enduring appeal of stories that plunge us into the heart of darkness — where mortality is ambiguous, motives complicated, and even heroes harbour devastating secrets. Over the course of the GRANITE NOIR weekend we invite you to train your magnifying glasses on the ‘Northern Phenomenon’ as we pay homage to the prodigious wealth of talent from Scotland and Scandinavia. We’ll ask how these writers are shaped by the opposing forces of penetrating darkness and white nights, by extremes of weather and the sea’s relentless rhythms. We’ll be exploring what it is that makes Noir so compelling. The chance to play criminal without paying the consequences? The fun of puzzle solving? Or the reliable pleasure of surrendering to a good story, well told, with a beginning, middle, and end? Inspiration also comes from the Silver City’s fascinating history, with events drawing on the city’s rich archives, including exhibits featuring treasures from police archives, and a chance to help ‘solve’ an historic crime. Our programme is designed for readers and writers alike. It features bestselling authors and those just starting out, alongside workshops, author conversations, film screenings, exhibitions and much more. Welcome to Granite Noir! GRANITE NOIR is a partnership between Aberdeen Performing Arts, Aberdeen City Libraries, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives and The Belmont Filmhouse. The festival has been programmed by Lee Randall @randallwrites

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FRIDAY 24 SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 discounts available for booking 4+ shows contact box office for details - 01224 641122

most wanted - our granite noir headliners.................................................................................. PAGE 4 in conversation - interrogations..............................................................................................................PAGE 7 nordic noir - international noir from our nordic neighbours....................................PAGE 10 crimewatch - granite noir screenings at the belmont filmhouse..........................PAGE 13 north-east noir - crime writing from aberdeen city & shire......................................PAGE 14 little criminals - granite noir family events............................................................................PAGE 16 granite noir workshops - learn from the best.........................................................................PAGE 17 other granite noir events...........................................................................................................................PAGE 20 wanted posters exhibition...........................................................................................................................PAGE 21 info..................................................................................................................................................................................PAGE 22 at a glance................................................................................................................................................................PAGE 23

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MOST WANTEDour granite noir headliners Friday 24 February

1.30pm – 2.30pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Crime-stoppers Turned Crime Writers: Denzil Meyrick and Kate London Chaired by Stuart MacBride

7pm – 8pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

In Conversation with Stuart MacBride

£9.50 BSL

Who better to kick off our opening night than local legend Stuart MacBride, whose novels have sold more than 2.5 million copies — and counting! He’ll be talking to Gordon J Brown, one of the founders of Bloody Scotland, about his bestselling Sergeant Logan McRae novels, which have earned Aberdeen pride of place on the Noir map of Scotland. The latest, In the Cold Dark Ground was his sixth number 1 The Sunday Times bestseller in as many years. MacBride has said: “They always say, ‘write what you know’ so I did – using Aberdeen as the backdrop for a series of horrific crimes, murders, serial killers, and much eating of chips and drinking of beer. Of these, the only ones I have any direct experience of are beer and chips, but some nice local police officers helped me fill in the rest.”

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Authenticity matters, so do ex-cops have the edge when it comes to crime writing? Come along and find out, as Stuart MacBride talks with Denzil Meyrick and Kate London. Meyrick, author of the popular DCI Daley series, served with Strathclyde Police in Glasgow. His latest DCI Daley novel, The Rat Stone Serenade, is set in snowbound Kintyre, where ghosts and ancient curses rise out of the past, causing mayhem and murder. Kate London was an actress, theatre writer, and teacher before joining London’s Metropolitan Police. After qualifying as a detective constable she went on attachment with France’s police nationale, and finished her career as part of a Major Investigation Team on the Met’s Homicide Command. The Sunday Times said her debut, Post Mortem, “vividly recreates the everyday experience of uniformed police [offering] rare insights into how the police operate.” The follow up, Death Message, comes out in April. Stuart MacBride works closely with forensic professionals and local police forces when researching his popular Logan McRae novels.

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Friday 24 February

Friday 24 February

9pm – 10pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

In Conversation with Chris Brookmyre

£9.50

Winner of the McIlvanney Prize at this year’s Bloody Scotland, Chris Brookmyre is one of our finest, and funniest writers. He’ll have you crying with laughter one minute, quivering with anxiety the next and marvelling at the inventiveness of his... vocabulary... throughout. Join us for the paperback launch of the awardwinning Black Widow, a feminist psychological thriller set in Inverness. It’s a hairraising ride through the back alleys of cyberspace, where reputations are built — and destroyed — with the stroke of a key. This story is so surprising that even the twists have twists. Chris may also give us a sneak preview of his new novel, out this summer. “Never predictable and always contemporary, Brookmyre has, like his most popular creation, become even more interesting as he’s matured.” The National

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Sunday 26 February

Poisoned High Tea, with Dr Kathryn Harkup

3pm – 5pm, 1906 Restaurant at HMT

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£18, £25 with Prosecco What could be more inviting on a chilly Sunday afternoon than a plate piled high with warm scones, pastries and dainty sandwiches, washed down with strong coffee or aromatic tea? But beware! Dr Kathryn Harkup, author of A is for Arsenic, is here to remind us that in the hands of literary Grande Dame Agatha Christie, everything on the menu could — and did — become a lethal weapon. While you dine, Dr Harkup will talk about some of Christie’s favourite poisons, describing how the Queen of Crime deployed them, and where she found her inspiration. It all adds up to one unforgettable meal!

Sunday 26 February

9pm – midnight, The Belmont Filmhouse

Noir at the Bar, (with gunnar staalesen) hosted by russel d mclean FREE ENTRY Host Russel D McLean (founder of Glasgow’s Noir at the Bar) hosts this informal gathering of festival and local talent for a night of readings and hijinks in the bar of the Belmont Filmhouse, and we’ll be kicking things off with an appearance by Gunnar Staalesen. The format originated in Philadelphia and has sprung up around the world to become an international phenomenon. Anything can happen: you’re likely to hear new work, readings from published novels, maybe even a song or two. Get up close and personal with some of your favourite writers in a relaxed setting.

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IN CONVERSATION Friday 24 February

Interrogations

3.30pm – 4.30pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Atmospheric Pressure: Doug Johnstone and Sarah Ward

£7.50

Discover why choosing the right location for a novel is as important as identifying the killer. Doug Johnstone’s new novel Crash Land is set in Orkney, while Sarah Ward’s A Deadly Thaw takes place in the Peak District. Both evoke a vivid sense of place as integral to the story as its characters and plot. Johnstone says: “Orkney is tremendously atmospheric, and all the old archaeological sites. . . give a real feeling that the past is absolutely intertwined with the present in everyday life. There’s an innate sense of claustrophobia, that exists on islands that’s hopefully tailor-made for tense and suspenseful writing.” The Financial Times said A Deadly Thaw “bristles with the same persuasive psychological detail and atmosphere that distinguishes Nordic noir.”

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Saturday 25 February

11am - 12 noon, The Lemon Tree Studio

Pantsers Versus Planners with Chris Brookmyre, Kati Heikkapelto, Doug Johnstone and Kate London £7.50 When writing a novel, is it better to plan meticulously or fly by the seat of your pants, seeing where the story takes you? Should you start with charts and character profiles, or a couple of scribbled-on post-it notes? Do you have to know ‘whodunit’ before launching into your opening paragraph? Join authors Chris Brookmyre, Kati Heikkapelto, Doug Johnstone and Kate London for a frank discussion about working methods that’s sure to offer aspiring authors a wealth of top tips and fascinating insights into the writing process.

Saturday 25 February

3pm - 4pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Does Evil Exist? With Denise Mina, Richard Holloway and Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche £7.50

Transgression lies at the heart of every crime novel. Some acts are so horrific that we label their perpetrators born devils. Are there malevolent forces in the universe capable of overriding free will and morality? Or does the idea that someone is evil enable us to step away and ignore the real roots of anti-social behaviour? Denise Mina, Richard Holloway, and Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche discuss historical concepts of evil and our perceptions of wrong-doers. Whether you’re a reader, or a writer wrestling with these dilemmas on the page, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss. Denise Mina is the author of more than 12 acclaimed novels and a member of the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame. Richard Holloway, FRSE, is a writer and broadcaster, whose most recent book is A Little History of Religion. He is a former Bishop of Edinburgh and was Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1992 to 2000. Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche is a lecturer in Islam at Aberdeen University’s department of Divinity and Religious Studies. Her research interests include the relations between religious and folk literature.

1pm - 2pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Blurred Lines: with Denise Mina and Nicola White

£7.50

Why are so many of us suspicious of true crime books, when we gobble up crime fiction? Who decided that fiction contains a moral centre that is missing from reportage, or that enjoying true crime books is as unseemly as rubbernecking at the scene of an accident? Why do certain real life tragedies capture the public — and so many writers’ — imagination? And don’t most crime novels have roots in real events? These are some of the issues these award-winning authors will tackle in a provocative, idea-filled session.

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Saturday 25 February

Denise Mina’s new novel, The Long Drop, is based on serial killer Peter Manuel and set in 1950s Glasgow. Nicola White’s In the Rosary Garden, winner of the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize, was inspired by the Kerry Babies tribunal of the 1980s. “Denise Mina has established herself as one of the most interesting and uncompromising writers in the crime genre.” The Guardian

Saturday 25 February

The Customs of the Country: Gordon J Brown and Quentin Bates

5pm - 6pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

£7.50

Gordon J Brown, a co-founder and director of Bloody Scotland, splits his time between the UK, the U.S.A. and Spain. The hero of his US-based series, Craig McIntyre, is ex-military turned bodyguard — and a man who attracts violence like a magnet. Quentin Bates, a co-founder of the Iceland Noir festival, spent more than a decade living in Iceland, where his Gunnhildur Gísladóttir series is set. As well as his journalism and novels, Bates also translates Scandi Noir for English-speaking readers. Join them for a discussion delving into the different sensibilities and expectations of American versus Scandi crime fiction and a look at how these physical and emotional terrains have shaped their own work.

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nordic noir International noir from our Nordic neighbours Saturday 25 February

Hot Scandi Crime: Thomas Enger and Thomas Rydahl

7pm – 8pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

£9.50

Former sports journalist Thomas Enger plunges us into Oslo’s dark underbelly and the fast-moving world of 24-hour news with his popular Henning Juul novels, which are published in 26 countries. His most recent in English, Cursed, involves a missing woman, a dead man and a wealthy family guarding terrible secrets. Juul is also coming to terms with his son’s death. Enger has been called “one of the most unusual and intense writers in the field.” Denmark’s Thomas Rydahl is a writer and translator. He’ll be talking about his debut, The Hermit, which won the Danish Debutant Award — the first time it has ever gone to a thriller. He’s also won the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel, and the Harald Mogensen Prize for the best Danish crime novel. Set on a deserted beach on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, it features a distinctive — and highly unlikely — detective.

Saturday 25 February

9pm – 10pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Meet Sweden’s Queen of Crime with Kristina Ohlsson

£9.50

Superstar Kristina Ohlsson is beloved in Sweden for both her crime fiction and her children’s books. Her novels The Chosen and Hostage, feature investigative analysts Fredrik Bergman and Alex Recht. Ohlsson did her research at the coal face: she’s worked for Säkerhetspolisen, the Swedish Security Service; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Swedish National Defence College; and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where she was a Counter-Terrorism Officer. Her novels have been shortlisted for Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers.

Sunday 26 February

1.30pm – 2.30pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Challenging Conventions, With Antti Tuomainen and Russel D McLean

£7.50

Once you’ve mastered the rules, all the fun is in breaking them! Meet two accomplished authors unafraid to tweak conventional formats to their own nefarious ends. In Ed’s Dead, McLean delivers a fast-paced domestic psychological thriller with a satiric twist, proving once and for all that the female of the species is deadlier than the male. In 2013, the Finnish press dubbed Tuomainen The King of Helsinki Noir. He was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his work has been praised not only for the heart-stopping twists in his tales, but also for his use of language. The Mine is a gripping, beautifully written tale of corruption and revenge, set in northern Finland. He’s a past winner of the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011.

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Sunday 26 February

crimewatch Granite Noir screenings at the Belmont Filmhouse

3.30pm – 4.30pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

Crime with a Social Conscience: Kati Hiekkapelto and Eva Dolan

£7.50

Sharp social criticism and dark home truths are a hallmark of modern crime fiction, and these talented authors are so adept at weaving controversial social issues through their thrilling mysteries that you never spot the join.

Monday 27 February

Easy Money

In The Exiled, Hiekkapelto sends Anna Fekete back to her Balkan birthplace, but the investigator’s holiday turns into a murder investigation. Hiekkapelto won Best Finnish Crime Novel of the year for The Defenceless in 2014.

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One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen introduced the world to PI Varg Veum in 1977. Forty years later, his complex, engaging anti-hero is still going strong, despite a stint in rehab and a string harrowing cases that might have broken a lesser man. Jo Nesbo calls Staalesen “The Norwegian Chandler” and Bergen honoured him by erecting a life-sized statue of Veum in the city centre. We are delighted to welcome Staalesen to Granite Noir to introduce a rare UK screening of Cold Hearts. While investigating a case of missing sisters in Bergen’s prostitution network, Varg Veum faces an impossible choice: let the criminals go free or expose his pregnant wife to mortal danger. (2012. Director: Trond Espen Seim. Writers: Geir Meum Olsen, Gunnar Staalesen)

£10/£8 concession

(2010. Director: Daniel Espinosa)

6pm – 8.30pm, The Belmont Filmhouse

Nordic Noir, Cold Hearts film screening

A Swedish thriller based on the 2006 novel by Jens Lapidus, Easy Money (Snabba Cash) sees Joel Kinnaman star as Johan Westlund, a poor man who leads a double life among Stockholm’s elite. After meeting a wealthy girl, he has to go to increasingly criminal lengths to fund his lavish lifestyle, shortly finding himself far from his depth. Easy Money was well received by critics and audiences alike and had a UK release in 2013.

Eva Dolan’s DS Ferreira and DI Zigic, members of Peterborough’s Hate Crimes Unit, investigate crimes against people who can’t always speak for themselves. Tell No Tales was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and After You Die, was long-listed for CWA’s Gold Dagger. Eva’s new book, Watch Her Disappear, is set in the transgender community.

Sunday 26 February

8.30pm, The Belmont Filmhouse

Tuesday 28 February

jar city

6pm, The Belmont Filmhouse £10/£8 concession

A classic Scandinavian, world-weary detective played to perfection by Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson (Of Horses And Men) searches for answers in a murder case in this film based on the novel Myrin by author Arnauld Indridason. Jar City, like much Scandi drama, is grim, bleak and black, so it feels appropriate that much of the murder case revolves around genetics – clearly there’s something in Scandinavian DNA. (2006. Director: Baltasar Kormákur)

Tickets booked through Belmont Filmhouse box office or www.belmontfilmhouse.com

After the film there will be a conversation and audience Q&A with Staalesen.

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north-east noir Crime writing from Aberdeen city & shire Sunday 26 February

Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 February 2017 Tue - Fri 6pm, Thu & Sat 1pm 11.30am – 12.30pm, The Lemon Tree Studio

In Conversation with Claire MacLeary and Clio Gray

Dirt Under the Carpet by Rona Munro Doors will open an hour early at which point the pie and the pint will be available

£7.50

Cross Purpose heralds the arrival of a distinctive new voice, debut novelist Claire MacLeary. When Maggie Laird’s disgraced husband, an ex cop, dies unexpectedly, her life is turned upside down. To pay off debts she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of her neighbour, ‘Big Wilma’. The discovery of a mutilated body draws them into the unknown world of Aberdeen’s sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers. Gritty and funny, Cross Purpose is also a paean to friendship, demonstrating how women of a “certain age” can defy the odds. Acclaimed author Clio Gray’s exciting new Scottish Mystery Trilogy begins with Deadly Prospects. It’s set in Sutherland, in 1869, when a big corporation rolls into town determined to reopen its mine and reinvigorate the harsh conditions in this remote Highland enclave. When a body is found next to some strange inscriptions, things take a sinister turn. Grey’s previous historical thrillers were bestsellers. The Anatomist’s Dream, was nominated for the Man Booker prize in 2015, and longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize in 2016.

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Aberdeen Performing Arts and Oran Mor present

Tickets £11 inc. bf (Includes a pint, a glass of wine or soft drink and a pie (inc. veggie option))

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little criminals Granite Noir family events

Granite Noir Workshops Learn from the best and develop your skills

NB: There are only 30 places for each workshop, so book early!

Saturday 25 February

2pm – 3pm, Children’s Library

What Happens Next? With Vivian French

FREE - BOOKING REQUIRED Fancy writing a mystery but not sure where to start? Acclaimed author Vivian French leads budding writers on a hair-raising trip into Aberdeen’s past. Using an historical ‘Wanted’ poster from the city’s archives, you’ll create a participatory story that solves a 100-year-old-mystery. No pencil or paper needed, just bring your imagination!

Sunday 26 February

2pm – 3pm, Children’s Library

Drawing Baddies with Shoo Rayner

Sunday 26 February

dark doric

10.30am – 12 noon, Central Library £7.50

John Bolland and Shane Strachan lead this exploration of the darker side of the North-east, recounted in its own words. During the workshop you’ll have a chance to write flash fiction on coorse murther an ill-tricket swickery in Doric (or Aiberdein). Fyvie Confidential? Thi Mastrick Falcon? Fit tale’ll ye tell? Aberdeen-based Shane Strachan holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and is an Honorary Fellow of the university’s WORD Centre for Creative Writing. John Bolland is a writer and artist based in the North-East of Scotland. He is a graduate of Glasgow University’s M.Litt. programme, whose work has appeared in Northwords Now, The London Magazine, Lallans, and Pushing Out the Boat. Note: There are only 12 places available for this workshop, so book early!

FREE - BOOKING REQUIRED Sharpen your pencils for a fun session with bestselling author and YouTube sensation Shoo Rayner, who promises: “If you can make a mark on a piece of paper, you can draw.” With his trademark wit and style, Rayner will demonstrate how to master basic drawing shapes so you can create creepy criminals. You’ll learn how to polish your pictures of nefarious nasties, super sleuths and naughty no-good-nicks to make them truly spine-tingling. Paper and pencils will be supplied.

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Sunday 26 February

12.30pm – 1.30pm, Central Library

Taking Inspiration from the Past with Elly Griffiths and S G MacLean

Two masters of the form reveal their top tips for writing historical fiction, including how and where to do your research, when to stop swotting and start writing, how to keep facts from derailing your plot the art of listening to your characters, and how to know when to deviate from the facts to keep the story moving.

£7.50

Sunday 26 February

2pm – 3pm, The Town House

Who killed David Dun? With William Hepburn of the University of Aberdeen

£7.50

Burgess, shipmaster and all-round rogue, David Dun had plenty of enemies in Medieval Aberdeen and appeared in court on a monthly basis. When he is found murdered you, as the town clerk with access to the town’s legal records, must attempt to work out which of Dun’s many enemies was behind the killing. Using real extracts from historic Aberdeen Burgh records, this live narrative game will allow the audience to vote on decisions and try to solve the crime!

2016 CWA Dagger in the Library winner Elly Griffiths is renowned for her Ruth Galloway mysteries. In 2015, she launched the Stephens and Mephisto series, set in 1950s Brighton. They draw from archival documents and live research, including interviews with her grandfather, a former music hall comedian. The Chalk Pit, her ninth Galloway novel, comes out this week, and Elly is this year’s Programming Chair of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. S G MacLean is the author of the acclaimed Alexander Seaton historical crime novels, set in Banff, Northern Ireland and Aberdeen. She found inspiration in the archives while doing a PhD in 17th century history at the University of Aberdeen. Curious about the lives behind the statistics, she created the thwarted clergyman turned schoolmaster, forced to clear his name after being framed for murder. Her new series, set in Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth, includes The Seeker, which won the CWA Historical Dagger Award, and The Black Friar.

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GRANITE NOIR IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABERDEEN PERFORMING ARTS, BELMONT FILMHOUSE, ABERDEEN CITY LIBRARIES AND ABERDEEN CITY AND ABERDEENSHIRE ARCHIVES.

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Other Granite Noir Events The Seventh Door: A self-guided audio walk

wanted exhibition OF POLICE WANTED POSTERS

A voice leads walkers through Aberdeen with a story that travels from the docks to the Music Hall, via six doorways. These portals to the past, present and future suggest the city might not be quite as it seems. Peepholes and cracks reveal multitudes. A curb reads X. Train tracks disappear underground. A white dog stares from a window. Each step measures the uncanny, the invisible and time adrift. Walk with a map and streamable audio. Make sure you’ve got your headphones and your device is charged up. The audio files are available at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/audiowalk. You can pick up a map from the foyer at His Majesty’s Theatre, the tourist information on Union Street and The Lemon Tree. The walk takes approximately one hour. Part of the Music Hall Stepping Out project.

Written by Maya Chowdhry and Sarah Hymas.

Secret Cities Secret Cities is a community led exploration of Aberdeen and activation of the archives through photography, community and skills development workshops. Acting as a catalyst to develop new heritage communities though old and new tellings of space and place, Secret Cities is an engaging cultural project that brings together a range of audiences in collaboration to deliver a new exhibition created with the custodians of the hidden city. Working with the UNESCO recognised City Archives, digital artist Andrew Brooks and poet/academic Adelle Stripe will research, explore, discuss, and document the lost, hidden and forgotten spaces of Aberdeen. Allowing participants with no previous skills in photography to contribute as effectively as professional photographers, Secret Cities will conclude with the production of 14 new largescale photographs which will be installed throughout Aberdeen as part of Granite Noir and the hugely successful Spectra festival.

BELMONT filmhouse CAFÉ: monday 6 - tuesday 28 February 17, BELMONT STREET: tuesday 14 - tuesday 28 february In a time before Crimewatch and the photo-fit, police ‘wanted’ posters were a common sight. They were one of the principal ways in which information about suspects, lost property or missing persons was disseminated. Their short-term purpose meant that they were often disposed of after the case had been solved. This exhibition draws on a collection of such posters that, instead of being thrown away once they had served their purpose, accumulated at Dufftown police station over many years and which now form part of the Grampian Police archive held by Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives. They cover a multitude of cases from petty theft and stolen motor vehicles through to missing children and violent crimes, including some notorious cases of murder, including those committed by Dr. Crippen. They are fascinating social documents with each one telling a vivid story.

Secret Cities will be on display in the quadrangle at Marischal College and at 17 Gallery on Belmont Street.

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Date Time Venue Event...................................................................................................................................................................Page Fri 24 Feb 1.30pm - 2.30pm LT CRIME-STOPPERS TURNED CRIME WRITERS: DENZIL MEYRICK AND KATE LONDON............................4 Fri 24 Feb 3.30pm - 4.30pm LT ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE: DOUG JOHNSTONE AND SARAH WARD.......................................................... 7 Fri 24 Feb 6pm - 7pm LT A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT, DIRT UNDER THE CARPET BY RONA MUNRO................................................15 Fri 24 Feb 7pm - 8pm LT IN CONVERSATION WITH STUART MACBRIDE..................................................................................................5 Fri 24 Feb 9pm - 10pm LT IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS BROOKMYRE.................................................................................................5 Sat 25 Feb 11am - noon LT PANTSERS VERSUS PLANNERS WITH CHRIS BROOKMYRE, KATI HEIKKAPELTO, DOUG JOHNSTONE AND KATE LONDON............................................................................................................8 Sat 25 Feb 1pm LT A PLAY, A PIE AND A PINT, DIRT UNDER THE CARPET BY RONA MUNRO................................................15 Sat 25 Feb 2pm - 3pm C/LIB WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WITH VIVIAN FRENCH..............................................................................................16 Sat 25 Feb 1pm - 2pm LT BLURRED LINES WITH DENISE MINA AND NICOLA WHITE...........................................................................8 Sat 25 Feb 3pm - 4pm LT DOES EVIL EXIST? WITH DENISE MINA, RICHARD HOLLOWAY AND DR ZOHAR HADROMI-ALLOUCHE...............................................................................................................9 Sat 25 Feb 5pm - 6pm LT THE CUSTOMS OF THE COUNTRY: GORDON J BROWN AND QUENTIN BATES.........................................9 Sat 25 Feb 7pm - 8pm LT HOT SCANDI CRIME: THOMAS ENGER AND THOMAS RHYDAHL................................................................10 Sat 25 Feb 9pm - 10pm LT MEET SWEDEN’S QUEEN OF CRIME WITH KRISTINA OHLSSON...................................................................11 Sun 26 Feb 11.30am - 12.30pm LT IN CONVERSATION WITH CLAIRE MACLEARY AND CLIO GRAY..................................................................14 Sun 26 Feb 10.30am - noon LIB DARK DORIC WORKSHOP.....................................................................................................................................17 Sun 26 Feb 12.30pm - 1.30pm LIB TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE PAST WITH ELLY GRIFFITHS AND SG MACLEAN...............................18 Sun 26 Feb 1.30pm - 2.30pm LT CHALLENGING CONVENTIONS WITH ANTTI TUOMAINEN AND RUSSEL D MCLEAN..............................11 Sun 26 Feb 2pm - 3pm TH WHO KILLED DAVID DUN? WITH WILLIAM HEPBURN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN................19 Sun 26 Feb 2pm - 3pm C/LIB DRAWING BADDIES WITH SHOO RAYNER.........................................................................................................16 Sun 26 Feb 3pm - 5pm 1906 POISONED HIGH TEA WITH DR KATHRYN HARKUP........................................................................................6 Sun 26 Feb 3.30pm - 4.30pm LT CRIME WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: KATI HIEKKAPELTO AND EVA DOLAN..........................................12 Sun 26 Feb 6pm - 8.30pm BELMONT COLD HEARTS FILM SCREENING........................................................................................................................12 Sun 26 Feb 9pm - midnight BELMONT NOIR AT THE BAR WITH GUNNAR STAALESEN, HOSTED BY RUSSEL D MCLEAN...................................6

Tickets can be booked by visiting the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree, by calling 01224 641122 or through www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, deals and discounts are available. Tickets for the Easy Money and Jar City film screenings can be booked by visiting the Belmont Filmhouse, calling 01224 343500 or visiting www.belmontfilmhouse.com.

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By air: Aberdeen has an international airport located in Dyce on the North-west of the city. The city centre can be accessed by taxi or bus from the airport. By train: Aberdeen train station is conveniently located in the city centre and is walking distance from Union Street and all Granite Noir venues. Regular services arrive from south and west of the city.

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By bus: Aberdeen bus station is situated next to the train station and in convenient walking distance from the city centre. Buses and coaches arrive regularly from all cities providing good access to Aberdeen. By road: • South - On the A90 from Dundee • West - On the A96 from Inverness, A944 from Alford, A93 from Braemar/Ballater • North – A90 from Peterhead/Fraserburgh Dundee.............approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car Edinburgh........approximately 2 hours 45 minutes by car Glasgow............approximately 2 hours 45 minutes by car

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Inverness.........approximately 2 hours 45 minutes by car Elgin...................approximately 1 hour 45 minutes by car Where to park: Parking near the Granite Noir venues is available at the Bon Accord Centre (Harriet Street and Loch Street), Denburn Car Park and on West North Street.

LT - The Lemon Tree, Belmont - Belmont Filmhouse, TH - Town House, LIB - Central Library, C/LIB - Children’s Library, 1906 - Restaurant at HMT

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK CREATIVE SCOTLAND AND ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL FOR THEIR FUNDING SUPPORT WITH GRANITE NOIR. WE ARE ALSO INDEBTED TO WATERSTONES FOR THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND HELP WITH THE FESTIVAL.

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK FIERCE BEER AND DOUBLE TAKE PROJECTIONS. GRANITE NOIR IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ABERDEEN PERFORMING ARTS, BELMONT FILMHOUSE, ABERDEEN CITY LIBRARIES AND ABERDEEN CITY AND ABERDEENSHIRE ARCHIVES.

facebook.com/granitenoirfest @granitenoirfest www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir

Aberdeen Performing Arts is a charity registered in Scotland, No.SC033733


Granite Noir 2017