A crime fiction festival held for the first time in Aberdeen this year is set to return in 2018.
The second Granite Noir festival will get under way in February and feature some top crime authors.
Ann Cleeves, Christopher Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Hugh Fraser and Robert Daws will headline the event, which runs in various venues from February 23 to 25. The festival is set to feature more than 30 events.
Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said: “Aberdeen will be in the grip of Granite Noir in February as we bring our crime fiction festival to venues across the city.
“Our inaugural event earlier this year was a huge success, with multiple sell-out events. This time we’re bringing more authors and more variety, with something for people of all passions and ages. Brilliant writers from far and wide will share insights into their work in our author talks and panels, while aspiring authors can hone their craft at special writing workshops.
“We are providing a platform for local authors to share their work with our spotlight readings at The Lemon Tree, and we are holding classic Noir film screenings, a Granite Noir guided walk, our popular Poisoned High Tea and a brand new Poisoned Cocktail Party, as well as crime scene exhibition and a unique words-and-music book launch.
“For those who can’t be there in person, we’ve this year launched a live streaming and pay-per-view service for selected talks, along with exclusive content and interviews.”
One of the main attractions will be Ann, the only living crime writer to have two different adaptations on television at the same time – Shetland and Vera.
Christopher will also return for his second festival and will talk about two of his recent works, Want You Gone and Places in the Darkness.
He said: “Last year’s inaugural Granite Noir was a bustling, raucous success, so I am looking forward to another lively weekend of dark tales and dark ales this February.”
Tickets are available from aberdeenperformingarts.com or by phone on 01224 641 122.