Events

A visit to the morgue

By Loïc Artiaga (translation Daniel Magennis)

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Caption: [Postcard ‘Visite de Mimi à Paris’ (‘Mimi’s trip to Paris’), G. Gervais – editor]

The  ‘Forensics’ exhibition, which  has been showing in London in the Wellcome Library since February, is closing tomorrow. It presents what was one of the most popular attractions of the Belle Époque in Paris: the visit to the morgue. One hundred years ago, corpses which had been put on display in order to aid in their identification found themselves surrounded by curious onlookers seeking to satisfy macabre appetites. The current exhibition documents this historical attraction to the morbid. Its principal goal, however, lies elsewhere. It aims to show the progress of the understanding of death and, entering the modern era, the science applied to the process of solving crimes. A wealth of new knowledge, fed by the illusion that rationality could triumph over the basest of criminals and crimes, would be applied to the corpses laid out on mortuary slabs and, before long, would also be arrayed against what, or whom, put them there. Continue reading

A Festival of Crime Fiction Writers at the ICRH, Queen’s University, Belfast

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The conference on Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture (ICRH, Queen’s University, Belfast, 15-16 June 2015)  hosts acclaimed Crime Fiction authors Andrew Pepper, Anthony Quinn, Brian McGilloway, Gerard Brennan, Leigh Redhead, and Rob Kitchin. Please find here  the full  Programme

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Doing justice to the Irish border landscape: An interview with Anthony Quinn

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Hello, Anthony Quinn.  Welcome here.  Many thanks for accepting to answer some questions, ahead of next week’s Belfast Conference on Representations of the Rural in Crime Fiction.  We are really looking forward to it . You will be in No Alibis on Monday, to talk about your writing, together with Brian McGilloway and Andrew Pepper.  

 To begin with, in which literary tradition would you consider yourself belonging?

Although I write crime fiction I aspire, perhaps a little grandiosely, to writing within an older Irish tradition, a peasant literature that is about a fugitive, almost magical sense of place and belonging, and the crimes that are committed by dislocated people and societies, the same tradition say as JB Keane’s The Field, or the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.

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Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture

 

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“Setting the Scene”: Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture, ICRH, Queen’s University, Belfast 15-16 June 2015
Keynotes :

Professor Benoit Tadié (University of Rennes) “Desperadoes and Backwoods Teasers: the Resilience of Rural Noir in Postwar America

Professor Paul Cloke (University of Exeter)  “Imaginative Geographies and the Production of Rural Space”

Professor Rob Kitchin (NUIM), ‘Place, Landscape and Rurality in Crime Fiction’

Invited Authors:

Brian McGilloway & Anthony Quinn, interviewed by Andrew Pepper : ‘Rurality and rural landscapes in Irish Crime Fiction’,  Monday 15th, 6: 30, No Alibis Bookstore, on Botanic Avenue
The full programme for our conference is now live, and can be accessed at:

 http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforCollaborativeResearchintheHumanities/Filestore/Filetoupload,508569,en.pdf

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Crime on the Beach Festival, Le Havre, 10-14th June, 2015

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The 13th edition of the Festival organised  by Ancres Noires (Black Anchor ) in Le Havre will host Illustrators, artists, actors, and French and international crime novelists, including Dominique Sylvain, Marcus Malte, Dominique Manotti,  Gianni Biondillo (Italy),  Karen Maitland (Great Britain) , Rafael Reig and Christina Fallaràs (Spain) , Nairi Nahapetian (Iran), Kishwar Desai (India) , David Coulon, Sandrine Colette, Dominique Chappey, Dominique Delahaye,, Thierry Marignac,  Eric Maravelias, John Paul Halnaut, Jerome Leroy, Maurice Gouiran Emmanuel Grand , Laurence Biberfeld, Hervé Commère and Ian Manook.

For more information:

http://www.lesancresnoires.com/fest2015prog.htm

Karim Miské comes to Belfast – Tues 9 June, 20:30

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Karim Miské won the 2012 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, France’s most prestigious award for Crime Fiction with Arab Jazz, his debut novel. Now released in the UK by Quercus, Arab Jazz, translated by Sam Gordon  has won an English PEN award. Miské will present his book in the Crescents Art Centre on Tuesday, in partnership with No Alibis.

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Here is a presentation of the author by his publisher :

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