Month: October 2014

Garrett Carr’s “The Map of Connections”



Garrett Carr is a writer who has also brought map-making into his work, creating new maps of Ireland’s border. In the conference “The Territorialisation of Crime fiction” (QUB, June 13-14, 2014) he discussed “The Map of Connections”. This is a map of unofficial crossings that he found when exploring the border: footbridges, stepping-stones, paths and lanes. Some may have been used for smuggling, or perhaps just visiting neighbours. None had been mapped before. The Map of Connections charts 77 in total.

Carr has curated Mapping Alternative Ulster, a show of individually created maps by other practitioners as well as himself. It ran in the Ulster Museum during 2014 and will tour to other venues during 2015.


James Ellroy comes to Queen’s University 7th November, 2014

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No Alibis Bookstore is very pleased to invite you to an evening with James Ellroy, to celebrate the launch of his latest novel PERFIDIA, on Friday 7th November at 7:30PM. This event will take place in the Elmwood Hall, Queen’s University Belfast. Tickets, priced £7 (£5 concession) are now available from No Alibis Bookstore, or through PayPal.



New Series Crime Uncovered, Intellect Books

Intellect is currently looking for chapter contributions to The Detective, one of the first titles in  a new book series examining character types in crime fiction. The Detective, edited by Barry Forshaw (author of Death in a Cold Climate [Palgrave Macmillan] and editor of British Crime Writing [Harcourt]), is an examination – and celebration – of the police detective throughout the long history of crime literature, TV and film, and will be looking to identify the individual  characteristics that define these much loved characters and discuss how they relate to their  surroundings, country and class – and the criminals they relentlessly pursue.

See the complete Call for Chapters here.

CFP: “Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture” (Queen’s University Belfast, June 15-16, 2015)



The two day Symposium in June is supported by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University and its 2014/15 theme of ‘Creativity in Imagined and Material Worlds’. It will bring together studies in crime fiction and media culture looking at a variety of outlets such as fiction, film, television, comics, games and many others with the concept of ‘rurality’. Here interdisciplinary papers are welcomed, but not contained to, Anthropology, Modern Languages, English, Film and Media Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Historical/Cultural Geography, Sociology, Spatial Planning. By bringing together an interdisciplinary group we might ask, therefore, how cultural constructions of the rural often ‘set the scene’ for crime fiction. For example It is obvious in the “noir” genre that an important (counter-) cultural current of strong, yet ambivalent representations of the rural runs throughout its landmark depictions of dark cities and hostile landscapes. Continue reading

Kathy Reichs in Conversation

The Great Hall hosted Kathy Reichs’s visit to Queen’s Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. She was launching her anticipated new novel, Bones never lie. One of the most prominent American writers in Crime Fiction, she is, too, a forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and she works for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale of the Province of Québec. She is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Her first novel, Déjà Dead, features the character of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has an Irish Name (which she shares with a very fine Northern Irish Crime Writer). As she remarks when we first meet her, in the first pages of Déjà Dead, her first name, Temperance, rhymes with France. She is American, speaks perfect French, and even, she notes, le Français Québecois. She works for the Laboratoire de Médecine Légale Continue reading