About us and our events

This blog was conceived and founded by Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen to be shared and developed by colleagues at UCL Scandinavian Studies and the members of the Nordic Noir Book Club in London. The Book Club was founded in 2010 as a forum for readers to come together and share their thoughts and passions for Scandinavian crime fiction and Nordic cultures. Since then we have enjoyed talks and readings by authors such as Haakan Nesser, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Gunnar Staalesen, Sissel-Jo Gazan, Jussi Adler Olsen and discussed the importance of volcanic activities, snowy landscapes and the Øresund Bridge in Nordic Noir novels and TV series.

If you have an interest in Scandinavian crime fiction and in Scandinavian contemporary cultures more generally, you are invited to join our blog discussions and the events we organise in London. The book club is run by staff and students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at University College London (UCL). Write to nordicnoir@ucl.ac.uk or j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

At the top of the blog page you can find links to pages dedicated to past Book Club Events (Silence in the Snow, featuring Håkan Nesser, and Secrets in the Ash featuring Yrsa  Sigurðardóttir etc). We have links to podcasts from the events, which can also be accessed from our iTunes feed. If you are unable to join us live, you can listen to the discussion from home and post your thoughts on the blog. Podcasts from the events are available on iTunes.

The Nordic Noir Book Club was initially made possible by a UCL Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement.

On behalf of the organizers,

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature (UCL), contact: j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk


2 responses to “About us and our events

  1. Diane Verville

    Just a quick email to let you know that your blog is read in Canada! I live in Montréal, adore Nordic Noir (and read the novels in English and in French), and have read with great pleasure “Death in a cold climate”. I enjoy your site/blog and wish I could be in London and attend your wonderful events. Cheers.

    • Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

      Great to hear you enjoy our posts in Canada. Sorry you can’t join our events in London. Maybe you could set up a sister book club in Montreal☺

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