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Hull Noir Registration Now Open!

Free registration for Hull Noir, the city’s celebrated crime festival, is now open - and crime lovers are in for a treat with an impressive range of names gracing their screens over the day-long event.

The most recent writers to be announced are award-winning crime giants Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre, examining 20 years of Mark’s acclaimed DI Thorne series, their new novels, what it’s like to be part-time rock stars and – well, wherever the conversation leads them with thriller and crime novelist Luca Veste.

Co-organiser Nick Triplow says:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mark back to Hull Noir, this time with the added brilliance of Chris and Luca.

“They’re all good friends – they’re even in a band together – so get ready for a fascinating insight into the minds of three of our most popular crime writers, interspersed with plenty of anecdotes and banter.”

Tickets for the festival are now available at While they’re free, there’s a donate button for those wishing to contribute towards the future running of the Hull Noir.

Full Festival Line Up

Friday 19 March, 7pm

Peter Robinson in conversation with Hull’s own and author of the popular Joe Geraghty series, Nick Quantrill

Saturday 20 March

In Cold Blood - 10-11am

As the wheels of crime fiction turn, three new and exciting voices, Alex North, Nell Pattison and Russ Thomas give the lowdown about their novels, what it’s like to start out (and start again), and discuss what comes next. Hosted by Liz Mistry.

Get Carter and Beyond - 11.30am-12.30pm

With the landmark British crime film Get Carter turning 50, we’ll hear from Nick Triplow - biographer of Ted Lewis, from whose novel the film’s script was adapted - as well as Hull’s Nick Quantrill about bringing crime fiction to the Humber, and journey to 1970s Glasgow with Alan Parks to explore Lewis’s enduring influence on crime writing. Hosted by Ali Harper.

Wish You Were Here – 1.30-2.30pm

Crime fiction’s thirst for new territories remains undiminished, bringing us new landscapes or fresh perspectives on the places we thought we knew. Under the watchful eye of Jacky Collins, Vanda Symon, Abir Mukherjee, and Marnie Riches uncover the crime culture influences of fire-ravaged Australia, Raj-era India, and the contemporary streets of Manchester, to consider what makes them tick.

The Unusual Suspects – 3-4pm

Since Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and his creation of

C. Auguste Dupin, first published in 1841, the police detective has become a staple of crime fiction. But what of the new breed? Louise Beech, AA Dhand, and Harriet Tyce come together to talk about their own criminal creations, and what makes them different, ably aided and abetted by Derek Farrell.

Look Back in Anger - 4.30 – 5.30pm

In the writing of Ian McGuire, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, and Cathi Unsworth, historical crime fiction feels fresh, dynamic and insightful. In conversation with Rhiannon Ward, they discuss the ‘power of the strange’ in the lives, times and crimes they write about, and what their explorations of the past can tell us about ourselves now.

Watching the Detectives - 6pm- 7pm

Aided and abetted by Luca Veste, Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre go full Holmes and Watson to investigate the scene of contemporary crime fiction. Sharing the secrets of their mind palaces, they examine 20 years of Mark’s acclaimed DI Thorne series, their new novels, what it’s like to be part-time rock stars, and pretty much everything in-between.

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