Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime-writing festival, has announced the first two big-name authors for its line-up next year.
Sara Paretsky, the award-winning US author behind the V. I. Warshawski series and Ben Aaronovitch, creator of the bestselling Rivers Of London fantasy novels, will be a big draw.
The festival, which will run from Thursday February 20 to Sunday February 23, also unveiled a Granite Noir Early Bird Festival Pass. It will guarantee tickets for both authors, plus another headline event still to be announced, along with seven other author talks over the weekend.
Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “Granite Noir is inspired by the incredible popularity of crime fiction, by the fantastic contribution that Scottish writers make, by our love affair with Nordic Noir, on the page and on screen, and most of all, inspired by Aberdeen which is the perfect backdrop for the festival – steeped in history, atmospheric, quirky and with a strong sense of place.”
Sara will be in conversation with Scottish writer Denise Mina on February 21 at the Music Hall when she will discuss her latest novel Shell Game.
Ben will be in conversation at the same venue on February 22 with north-east author and festival ambassador Stuart MacBride, and will premiere his new Peter Grant adventure False Value.
The full Granite Noir programme will be announced on December 2 with tickets on sale from December 4.
Meanwhile, tickets for Sara and Ben’s talks are on sale now as is the early bird pass, which will cost £70 for 10 events (a 30% discount on individual events) and offer a priority booking period when the full line-up is announced. The pass will only be for sale until Tuesday December 3.
Jane said: “This pass rewards our loyal audience who wish to come and enjoy up to 10 different events across the festival.”