Belfast, Monday 15th June, 6: 15 p.m. No Alibis Bookstore,
As part of the conference on the Rural as a scene in Crime Fiction (conference organised by the Institute for collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University, Belfast), Brian McGilloway & Anthony Quinn will talk about their work in No Alibis Bookstore, in conversation with author Dr Andrew Pepper. All welcome ! Come and join us !
If you are interested in attending the conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Setting the Scene’: Representations of Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture, ICRH, Queen’s University,
Belfast 15-16 June 2015
Please contact : Dr Dominique Jeannerod (email@example.com) or Dr Linda Price (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[Dominique Jeannerod] 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?
[Anthony Quinn] 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.
Is there something like a rural school within Irish Noir? Continue reading
by Annika Breinig (with thanks to Portia Ellis-Woods and Dominique Jeannerod)
No Alibis : a Bookshop to die for (83, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BTL7 1 JL) Continue reading
Jack Kirby, The Avengers, 4, March 1964 (cover art)
There are many photographs of Sam Millar in the press, and on the web. On most of them, he looks rather intimidating. On some, you might even feel a sense of menace. He comes across as a hard man, no mistake. His reputation, CV, and books, of course, do nothing to change this first impression. Or maybe they do influence it. Nobody would wish to know as much about violence as he does. There is something else also, and his books prepare you for that too, when you meet him : a dark and constant sense of humour, and a great gift for telling stories, especially stories of tough luck. And a passion for books, magazines, and all printed matter. The journey between Dublin Connolly Station and Belfast Central lasts 2 hours. It feels much shorter. We have barely passed the viaduct on the Broadmeadow estuary when he orders coffees, and starts talking about the books he read. His father, a sailor, encouraged him to read; himself read all the time. Reading was a political act. When he came ashore, back to Belfast, he brought books. From America, he used to bring him Comics; Marvel, DC Comics, stories of heinous villains and of superheroes fighting for justice. Sam grew up during the early period of the troubles in Northern Ireland, reading Detective Comics made in New York. The Civil rights movement and the tail end of the silver age of Marvel comics might have seemed to intersect, not only historically, but at some distant, ideal point. Continue reading
[Dominique Jeannerod] What is Fireproof about?
[Gerard Brennan] Fireproof, on the surface, is about a man who ended up in Hell due to a bureaucratic bungle and is sent back to Earth with a mission to establish a satanic church in Northern Ireland. It’s not based on a true story.
Is it crime fiction?
The book straddles a few genres. There are certainly crime fiction elements (or tropes if you want to be unkind), such as a femme fatale, murder, mystery, revenge… But it also features supernatural creatures such as Lucifer, an imp, and Cerberus, a three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hell/Hades in Greek mythology. Oh, and I like to think it’s a wee bit funny as well. Continue reading
The ever excellent Declan Burke has started to compile a list of highly anticipated Irish Crime Fiction books due for publication in the coming months. These include :
|Adrian McKinty , Gun street Girl (January 8)
|Graham Masterton, Taken for Dead (February 12)
|Steve Cavanagh, The Defence (March 12)
|John Connolly, A Song of Shadows (April 9)
|Alex Barclay, Killing Ways, (April 9)
|Jarlath Gregory, The Organised Criminal (April 9)
For (many) more, see
What’s more, Declan will be updating his list regularly throughout the year, thus providing a snapshot of one year of production in the long history of Irish Crime Fiction in general. But, too, in the considerably shorter history of Irish Noir, a publishing phenomenon, which only started 20 years ago. Thus, this is also an occasion to reflect on the maturity gained by Irish Noir and the generation which brought it to the world. That Declan Burke is one of them makes it of course all the more interesting.
The Lost and the blind by Declan Burke, modernist Irish Noir author and heir to Flann O’Brien and Raymond Chandler was published last month. It is the author’s sixth novel, and it is a milestone.
Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville, in the introduction to the recently launched collection of short stories, Belfast Noir (N.Y., Akashic, 2014) describe Belfast, with some claims, as ” the noirest city on earth”. The feeling seems to be shared by the international publishing industry. In so far at least as original titles of noir novels set in Northern Ireland have been changed, in translation or for the U.S. Market, in order to feature the name of the city. Or have been produced originally, abroad, or domestically with a title using explicitly Belfast as a byword for violence. Here are a few examples of such “Belfastxploitation”, with some images for a view on Belfast, as reconstructed from the outside…
Sam Millar , Die Bestien von Belfast: Ein Fall für Karl Kane, Translator : Joachim Körb
Atrium Verlag, Hamburg, 2013 (original, Bloodstorm, 2008).… Continue reading