Nordic Noir: the new cool

Sisters in Crime is marking winter with an event devoted to Scandinavian creative output of the criminal kind – “Nordic Noir: the new cool” – 8pm Friday June 30; The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne

Over the past decade, the icy winds of Nordic Noir have swept through the worlds of crime fiction, feature film and television drama, says Professor Sue Turnbull who is compering the event.

“We’ll be exploring this phenomenon with the aid of TV clips and an expert panel – crime writers: Leigh Redhead and Janice Simpson together with translator Hanna Lofgren.”

Professor Turnbull, who co-authored the Nordic Noir entry for the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said a key question was whether Nordic Noir was a brand or is it a genre.

“Whatever it is, Nordic Noir in crime fiction and on screen has captured the attention of readers and viewers worldwide. But is it the landscape, the interior design, the strong female characters, the social concerns and the sheer power of the story-telling that keeps us coming back.

“Nordic Noir has also had a powerful influence on crime fiction and crime on screen globally, inspiring a raft of Nordic Noir inflected story-telling. From the Welsh series Hinterland (Y Gwyll) to The Kettering Incident in Australia and Witnesses (Les Temoins) in France. Nordic Noir is the new cool,” she said.

Venue: The Rising Sun Hotel (upstairs – no lift), cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne

Tickets: $15 / $10 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members/concession. Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $17 / $12.

Dinner upstairs from 6.30 pm (bookings not necessary); ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome.

Please note that ticket purchases to this event will incur an Eventbrite processing fee at checkout.

Sun Bookshop stall: members receive a 10% discount

 Additional information: Carmel Shute 0412 569 356;

Click here for bios of the panel.