Seminar: OCT 18 In from the Cold: Northern Noir


In from the Cold: Northern Noir

A symposium on Northern crime writing, crime fiction translation and criticism


Håkan Nesser (Sweden)

Kjell Ola Dahl (Norway)

Torkil Damhaug (Norway)

Indrek Hargla (Estonia)

Karo Hämäläinen (Finland)

Jógvan Isaksen (Faroe Islands/ Denmark)

Henry Sutton (UK)


Don Bartlett

Kari Dickson

Kevin Halliwell

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)

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 you must reserve your place in advance, and specify the ONE workshop you would like to attend. Stricter security measures are in place at Europe House so each ticket booked must indicate the actual name of the ticketholder. Names not on the final list of attendees may be refused entry.


8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome (Karen Seago, Amanda Hopkinson & Minna Vuohelainen)

9:15-9:45 Author interview (Indrek Hargla interviewed by Amanda Hopkinson)

9:45-10:15 On the Edge: North Sea Noir (Henry Sutton)

10:15-10:45 Author interview (Torkil Damhaug interviewed by Karen Seago)

10:45-11:15 Tea break

11:15-12:45 Workshops (please register for ONE only!!!)

  1. Translating crime fiction (Translation workshop with Don Bartlett)
  2. Purpose and prose in the modern crime novel: A 10-part guide (Creative Writing workshop with Henry Sutton)
  3. Criminals, investigators and social justice (a critical discussion with Jógvan Isaksen and Minna Vuohelainen)

12:45-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:15 Author interview (Karo Hämäläinen interviewed by Minna Vuohelainen)

14:15-15:15 Translation slam (Don Bartlett & Kari Dickson; chaired by Karen Seago)

15:15-15:45 Author interview (Kjell Ola Dahl interviewed by Amanda Hopkinson)

15:45-16:15 Tea break

16:15-16:45 Author interview (Håkan Nesser interviewed by Rosie Goldsmith)

16:45-17:45 Author panel & audience Q&A (Kjell Ola Dahl, Torkil Damhaug, Indrek Hargla, Karo Hämäläinen, Jógvan Isaksen, Håkan Nesser; chaired by Rosie Goldsmith)

17:45-18:45 Keynote lecture by Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

18:45-20:15 Reception



Wed 18 October 2017

08:30 – 20:30 BST

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