Crime writing festival returns on the 24th

Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s Crime Writing Festival, returns next week.

Starting on Thursday, February 24, there will be more than 40 live, in person talks, workshops, performances, readings, escape rooms and films across four days.

The event will feature some of the UK’s finest crime fiction writers including Louise Welsh, Ruth Ware and Ann Cleeves, creator of Vera Stanhope and Shetland’s D I Jimmy Perez, and Aberdeen’s own Stuart MacBride.

Separating fact from fiction are forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black and Professor Andrew Doig taking a look at death, magician and historian Ian Keable uncovering some of the 18th century’s most outrageous hoaxes and Dr Kathryn Harkup who explores the science behind ways to die in James Bond books and films (accompanied by a cocktail of course).

In addition, audiences can enjoy a live recording of the Bad People podcast with comedian Sofie Hagen and Dr Julia Shaw; dramatised performances of Witch Hunt staged in the Mither Kirk, where the women accused of witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries were incarcerated before their trials, and some criminal tunes in the Festival finale with the BBC Big Band.

For those unable to attend in person, seven events will be live streamed over the weekend.

Tickets for all events can be found at or from the Box Office at the Music Hall and Her Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.