By Promote ShetlandNovember 10th 2015

Crime Fiction fans from all over the globe will be pouring into Shetland on Friday as Shetland Noir, Shetland’s first crime fiction festival gets underway. As well as the full festival tickets, local aficionados can now take part by attending individual author head to head events with the headline guests. The special guest head to heads will each involve two of the six special guest authors reading from their work and in conversation in Mareel Auditorium.

Friday 13th at 5.30pm will feature Scottish author Alex Gray and Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdadottir in a session that will be chaired by Shetland based writer, Marsali Taylor.

Saturday 14th at 7.30pm will feature Swedish novelist Hakan Nesser and Scottish novelist Denise Mina in a session chaired by Mary Blance, presenter of BBC Radio Shetland’s Books Programme.

On Sunday 15th at 5.30pm Swedish author, Arne Dahl and Scottish author Stuart MacBride will appear in a session chaired by Len Wanner, author of Tartan Noir.

Literature Development officer, Donald Anderson said, “The idea of the head to heads is to allow a chance for people to hear more about he headlining authors and their work. It is also an opportunity to hear them read from their work and talk about it in more depth than will be possible during the daytime panels. And it is an opportunity for people who do not fancy the total festival immersion or for some reason can’t make the whole festival to get a flavor of it and be part of what is shaping up to be a really great event.

To whet your appetite check out the official Shetland Noir trailer, created by Stephen Mercer Photography.