Apologies for posting this last dispatch from Iceland Noir so late. Pretty much as soon as the festival had finished I found myself with zero time to write it up because I got out of Reykjavik and explored some of the incredible countryside and wilderness the island provides. But these two (final) panels of the festival are worth writing up because a) they covered important subjects and, b) they were hugely entertaining.
The first session of the afternoon (well, at least for me… I missed the Ann Cleeves, Ragnar Jónasson AND the one featuring AK Benedict and Grant Nicol et al, sadly) was titled ‘Dangerous Nordic Women’, which gathered together a brilliant panel comprising Denmark’s Sara Blædel, Jónína Leósdóttir, Finland’s excellent Kati Hiekkapelto and Iceland’s Sólveig Pálsdóttir. Hosted by Jacky Collins, it was a discussion about women in crime fiction and, more specifically, the Nordic region.
Day two (although it’s the first full day of programming) of Iceland Noir in a snowy Reykjavik, and things kicked off for me with two panels this morning. People are currently milling and taking lunch, so it seemed like a good time to recap the two sessions I sat in on this morning: Heroes, Heroines And Villains, and Crime Fiction As Social Commentary.
The final panel session of the day at the inaugural Killer Women Crime Writing Festival was ‘I Preferred The Book/Film’, which saw Erin Kelly host a discussion with four, best-selling authors – Paula Hawkins, SJ Watson, Alex Marwood and Louise Doughty – talking about their experiences of their work being adapted for the big and small screen.
The next panel session for me was ‘Is Crime Fiction Misogynistic?’, which was hosted by journalist India Knight and featured Sam Baker (who co-created The Pool, an excellent online magazine for women), journalist Julie Bindel and Irish novelist John Connolly. Elsewhere, there was the ‘How To Solve A Murder’ session (excellent, by all accounts), but I wanted to attend this because it’s such an interesting subject that can and could be debated for hours.
The next stop for me at yesterday’s excellent Killer Women Crime Writing Festival was the panel session comprising some big names from the world of crime fiction and crime drama, which was obviously a good fit for this site. Entitled ‘Serial Thrillers’ it was hosted by Colette McBeth and asked questions about what it takes to adapt something for TV.
Today in London – the historic Shoreditch Town Hall, no less – the inaugural Killer Women Crime Writing Festival took place. As usual with these sorts of things, there were panels packed with crime writing talent, as well as the odd, super-interesting guests connected with crime drama. I was lucky enough to attend, and this is what happened…