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Noireland International Crime Festival, Belfast

Noireland International Crime Festival, Belfast

If you’re a fan of the crime genre, whether you enjoy reading the books or aspire to be an author, then Belfast’s debut crime festival is a must attendance.

Noireland (great name by the way) will be running from 27-29th October and taking place in the Europa Hotel.

Organised by the people behind the amazing bookshop ‘No Alibis’ which is situated in Botanic in Belfast, this festival celebrates the island’s love of crime fiction.

The 3-day event will be showcasing the amazing talent emerging from Ireland currently as well as some of the popular authors from all over the world, such as Sophie Hannah, Arne Dahl and Benjamin Black, to name just a few.

Noireland International Crime was organised to provide a platform for the wealth of crime writing talent emerging from Ireland, showcasing it alongside some of the biggest international names in crime and thriller writing.

With a jam-packed programme of great authors plus a selection of entertaining events, this debut festival is an exciting introduction to Northern Ireland’s love of all things crime and suspense.

As a very new and independent organisation they rely on partnerships, sponsors, donations, ticket sales and volunteers to support their work.

If you are interested in partnering with Noireland or sponsoring them you can contact them at

For more information and updates about the events plus tickets, go to

Event News – Linwood Barclay Comes To Belfast

Linwood BarclayFans of internationally best selling author Linwood Barclay will be delighted to hear that the Canadian writer will be coming Belfast bookshop, No Alibis to promote his new book ‘Broken Promise’.

The event will take place on Wednesday 16th September from 7pm.

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No Alibis Presents An Evening With SJ Watson And Paula Hawkins

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No Alibis is hosting another great thriller event this month with presenting an evening with two of the genres top authors getting together for an one off appearance.

SJ Watson author of ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ and Paula Hawkins whose debut ‘The Girl On The Train’ is currently number one, are coming to the Belfast bookshop.

‘The Girl On The Train’ is one of best thrillers that I’ve read in a while and I’m curious to see the woman behind it. SJ Watson has achieved major success with ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ which was adapted for screen with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and he will be chatting about his new book ‘Second Life’.

The event is free and takes place on Thursday 19th at 7pm, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

Call 028 9031 9067 or email No Alibis for tickets and more information.

Liz Nugent Attends Belfast Book Festival

Liz Nugent At Belfast Book FestivalBelfast Book Festival was on recently and I attended a Q&A session with Irish Penguin author, Liz Nugent. Liz was in conversation with David Torrents, owner of independent book shop ‘No Alibis’ to talk about her debut book ‘Unravelling Oliver’

Liz read a brief chapter from the book, the most lighthearted of the dark story which amused the crowd, before talking about her own writing journey and the issues she faced with her first book.

The main issues that she faced with ‘Unravelling Oliver’ was not only having to come up with the title, 43 names she and her father-in-law came up with but it was her husband that came up with the winning title to which she sent off to penguin and received a prompt reply simply saying ‘Perfect’.

Finding a publisher was difficult for Liz as they were unable to come up with a genre that it would fit into. It was definitely not female fiction, crime nor a thriller so the marketing people told her unless you can brand the book, we cannot sell it as it didn’t fit into any of those categories. The book was first published in Germany, Penguin wanted a longer lead in so they could judge the market and see how people reacted to the book and to judge whether it was really was investing in.

The book took Liz nine years to write, in between her time on Irish television soap ‘Fair City’ and parts on theatre.

For all aspiring authors out there, Liz had an encouraging piece of advice and it was:

“There are books for publishers and publishers for books, if you believe in it and work hard enough, you will find someone who will love it as just as you do”

You can buy Unravelling Oliver from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.