Nordic Noir: Shadows in the Snow
Featuring Håkan Nesser & Francis Hopkinson
If you missed this first book club meeting, you can find photos and podcasts of the talks and discussions from the Horse Hospital further down on this page.
The first meeting of the UCL Nordic Noir Book Club took place on the 3rd of February 2011 at the Bloomsbury Horse Hospital (London WC1N 1JD)
The book club meeting took the shape of an investigation into Swedish crime fiction with speakers including best-selling author Håkan Nesser. We held up a magnifying glass to the landscape of Swedish crime fiction, through recent novels, TV programmes and book covers.
Håkan Nesser is the award-winning, best-selling author of over 20 novels, and is one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers. His most famous character, Inspector Van Veeteren, stalks the streets of a fictional Northern European city called Maardam, his pessimistic outlook a seemingly familiar trait of the ‘Scandinavian mentality’, but Nesser himself is a far remove from this: he lives in London, is frank and friendly, and likes very much to question the stereotypes associated with his place of birth. Members of the book club will read at least one Nesser’s Van Veeteren titles that are available in English: Borkmann’s Point, The Return, The Mind’s Eye or Woman with Birthmark.
UCL Nordic Noir presents Håkan Nesser. Click on the link to listen to an mp3 podcast of Nesser’s talk and the following Q&A with the book club.
UCL Nordic Noir Presents Francis Hopkinson. Click on the link to listen to a live recording of Hopkinson’s talk and discussion recorded live at the Horse Hospital.
Francis Hopkinson of Left Bank Pictures joined to discuss the UK adaptation of Henning Mankell’s Wallander, starring Kenneth Brannagh. As executive producer of the series, Hopkinson was a key figure in the decision-making processes behind the programmes. He will share his unique overview of the programmes with us, taking us all the way from the inspiration for the series to the finishing touches, and will join our discussion of imagery of Sweden in crime fiction. Left Bank Pictures is an independent television and film production company founded in July 2007 by Andy Harries, Marigo Kehoe and Francis Hopkinson. Hopkinson’s production credits include a range of high-profile drama series.
Click on the photo to the left for more photos from the event. For more info please visit our website at www.ucl.ac.uk/nordicnoir or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event was made possible with the generous support of a UCL Public Engagement Beacon Bursary.