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Foreign Bodies: Nordic Noir

Part of World on the Brink

Nordic noir has thrilled millions around the world with its combination of compelling characters and social commentary.

Hear from some of the best writers of Nordic noir from a new generation in this talk.

Speakers include:

- Thomas Rydahl, a writer and translator. The Hermit is his debut novel and was awarded the Danish Debutant Award, the first thriller to receive the honour in its history. The Hermit has since gone on to win the prestigious Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel and the Harald Mogensen Prize for the best Danish crime novel.

- Kati Hiekkapelto is a bestselling author, punk singer, performance artist and special-needs teacher. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland with her children and sizeable menagerie. Hiekkapelto has taught immigrants and lived in the Hungarian region of Serbia, which inspired her to write her highly regarded debut crime novel, The Hummingbird (Arcadia Books). The series also includes The Defenceless (Orenda Books), shortlisted for the Glass Key and winner of Best Finnish Crime Novel of the Year, and most recently The Exiled (Orenda Books). All three of her books have been shortlisted for the Petrona Award.

Chaired by Boyd Tonkin, a writer and critic who chaired the Man Booker International Prize 2016 and is now Special Adviser to the prize.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Included in Pass
£20, £35

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