Shetland Noir is the islands’ first crime writing festival which is held in association with Iceland Noir. The event aims to celebrate crime writing by bringing writers and readers together.

Whether your interest lies in espionage, forensics, Nordic noir or traditional mystery, there will be something that appeals.

The list of well-known writers features Scandinavian intrigue from Arne Dahl, Håkan Nesser and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. There’s also a strong Scottish presence from authors including Stuart Macbride, Denise Mina, Alex Gray and of course our very own Ann Cleeves will make an appearance.

Ann Cleeves Lighthouse high resAnn Cleeves

The islands have already been recognised as a setting for a Nordic crime thriller – Ann Cleeves’ sequence of six murder mysteries featuring detective Jimmy Perez is now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.

I love writing about the islands just because they’re dramatic, changing and energetic. From the moment I stepped ashore I was enchanted.  Ann Cleeves 


Shetland Noir will be held in Mareel, the UK’s most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre. The programme will be packed with workshops, readings and Q&A sessions, tours and much more.

Shetland Noir is a collaboration between Shetland ArtsPromote Shetland and Iceland Noir.