Declan Burke

Irish Noir in 2015

Taken for Dead, Graham Masterton

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

http://crimealwayspays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/publications-irish-crime-fiction-2015.html

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 Defence, Steve Cavanagh Gun Street Girl, Adrian McKinty

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Irish Noir in 75 Dates

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Banville, Vincent Death by design Wolfhound Press 1994
McEldowney, Eugene  A Kind of Homecoming   Heinemann 1994
McNamee, Eoin Resurrection Man Picador 1994
Banville, Vincent Death the Pale Rider   Poolbeg 1995
Bateman, Colin Divorcing Jack  Harper Collins 1995  Betty Trask Prize

There are countless examples of Irish Crime Fiction troughout the 20th Century. Admittedly, in some cases the links between  a given  Crime  author and Ireland might be missed, or are by now forgotten. The prolific George A. Birmingham, for example  (James Owen Hannay, 1865 – 1950) was a Belfast born Church of Ireland clergyman. Some Irish authors rank amongst the most celebrated representatives of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, like the Dublin born Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957). Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day-Lewis, 1904-1972) is another famous Ireland born  author of Britsh Mystery novels.The “noir” genre however starts in Ireland much later. For the most part it only began 20 years ago. Continue reading

Pierre Lemaitre winner of the Goncourt Prize 2013 at Queen’s University Belfast (May 30, 2014)

Pierre Lemaitre Photo

The School of Modern Languages, No Alibis Bookstore and the International Crime Fiction ICRH  research group are delighted to‌ present a reading and an interview with the renowned crime fiction writer Pierre Lemaitre at the Crescent Arts Centre.

Friday 30 May 2014, 7 pm
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Refreshments provided.  All welcome.  For further information click Pierre Poster.

Enquiries to Dominique Jeannerod

 

A VIDEO RECORDING OF THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE IN THE ‘RESOURCES’ SECTION

See Declan Burke’s article in the Irish Examiner :

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-clues-are-in-the-news-278878.html