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Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem @ Nordic Noir Book Club Event in London, May 22nd

The Nordic Noir Book Club in London is excited and proud to give advance notice of an upcoming event in London featuring prominent crime writers from Norway, Denmark and Sweden: Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Ahnhem.

Jørn Lier Horst’s latest crime novel (in the William Wisting series) “When it grows dark” (translated by Anne Bruce) is out today from Sandstone Press.

Lone Theil’s bestselling debut novel “Fatal Crossing” (translated by Charlotte Barslund) will be out in April from Arcadia Books.

Stefan Ahnhem’s second novel in the Fabian Risk series, “The Ninth Grave” (translated by Paul Norlen) was out earlier this year from Head of Zeus.

Start reading and return to these pages for more on the authors and their novels. The event will take place in the evening of the 22nd of May at JuJu’s (The Truman Brewery). So, reserve the date in your calendars. Tickets will go “on sale” in a couple of weeks, and will be announced on the Nordic Noir Book Club blog.

We are looking forward to seeing new and old Scandinavian crime fiction fans in London in May. Please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) if you have questions about the event.

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Danish bestseller Thomas Rydhal’s The Hermit – at London’s Free Word Centre, 10 October.

Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.rydahl

Mon 10 Oct 2016; 6:45pm – 9:00pm @ Free Word Centre

Book your tickets here

Thomas Rydhal’s extraordinary debut crime novel The Hermit was an instant bestseller in Denmark and stayed in the top ten for 30 weeks. Winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish crime novel and the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. It has been translated into 30 languages.

Thomas discusses the themes of the book with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL. K. E. Semmel, translator of the English edition, will contribute on video describing the particular challenges of Danish-English translation and how the story was adapted from one cultural context into another.

This event is part of Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World, a monthly event series at Free Word. Join us on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the best fiction in translation.

About The Hermit

The Hermit is set in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where its unlikely hero, a 67 year old ex-pat Danish taxi driver, is caught up in a dangerous web of corruption and murder.

A car is found crashed on a beach of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the lifeless body of a small boy wrapped in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The ailing resort already has half-empty bars, there are plans for a new casino, and the local police are under pressure to close the case. But long-time islander and loner Erhard, a taxi driver who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop – and he has nothing to lose. The question is: can a 67-yearold man, who knows nothing about mobile phones or the internet, possibly solve a complex murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? This bold, unsettling literary thriller introduces a strikingly original new talent to crime fans.

About Thomas Rydhal

Thomas Rydahl was born in Aarhus in 1974. He studied philosophy and psychology and graduated from the Danish Writing Academy in 1999. He has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit, his first novel, is the only debut to have won the Glass Key Award – previous recipients include Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator – video

In partnership with Norvik Press, the Nordic Noir book club held a reception at University College London on 4th November 2013 to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark. The book’s translator Mark Mussari took part in an interactive Q&A during the event, live via video link from the USA. You can watch the full video below (27 minutes).

The video Q&A was hosted by UCL’s new PhD student in Danish-English Translation Studies, Ellen Kythor, and the launch was made possible with support from the university’s School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

You can purchase Murder in the Dark now via the Norvik Press website.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator

In partnership with Norvik Press, the next Nordic Noir book club event will be a reception to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark, translated by Mark Mussari. turellcover

Murder in the Dark is the first in Danish author Turèll’s ‘Murder’ series. The scruffy, unconventional anti-hero narrator is a journalist with a warm wit, who drinks to excess, is desperate to be loved, yet revels in being an outsider – the author strongly denied he was based on himself, though the parallels are striking! The series takes place in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, depicted as a grotty crime-ridden underworld full of brothels, dodgy bars, and drug dens. The book opens with a mysterious 3.30am phone call from a strange voice telling the narrator to come – now – to an address on Saxogade. When he wakes again at a more reasonable hour, the narrator contacts the police:

I had to say my name twice – and give them my social security number once – before they took me seriously.

And that they certainly did. In authoritative tone, the voice in Cafe Freden’s payphone asked me to appear at Police Inspector Ehlers’ office in Halmtorvet as soon as possible.

I told them I would be there in fifteen minutes.

I spent twelve of those minutes on two bitters and two cups of even more scalding hot coffee. I spent the final three minutes walking the twenty meters to the police station at Halmtorvet, as slowly as possible. I’ve always hated spending my free time in police stations.

Translator Mark Mussari will be taking part in an interactive Q&A via video link for the event, so we would like to get some questions from book club members about his experience translating this classic crime novel. You can suggest questions in a number of ways: post a comment here, tweet @nordicnoir, or comment on our Facebook page.

The launch takes place on Monday 4th November 2013 at University College London. The event is free, but please RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday 30th October to Ellen Kythor at norvikevents@gmail.com.

If you can’t make it, the translator’s Q&A will be available on YouTube soon after – watch this space for details!

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Crime, Myth, Cooking – The Scandis are coming to London

Yet another opportunity to join discussions about what Scanidnavia is and means, and why Nordic Noir has received so much attention in Britain over the recent years. Nordic Noir’s very own ‘honorary crime expert’ Barry Forshaw will be there – and the organisers at Voice have put together a fun programme that goes well beyond the noir to include Nordic Mythology and cooking.

We have Snorri Kristjansson, the Icelandic author of Norse Mythology Epic Swords of Good Men, Signe Johansen the Norwegian author of cookbook and lifestyle guide Scandilicious, and Barry Forshaw, Scandinavian Crime Fiction commentator and writer coming to VOICE on the 20th August to discuss Scandinavian culture and writing, and to ask what it is about Scandinavia that captures our imaginations. Is it the forbidding landscape and bleak weather, or the warriors colder than the Baltic sea? Perhaps it’s the inhumanly calculating criminals or the hard bitten, self sufficient detectives? Maybe what we really love is the simplicity of Scandinavian food and lifestyle and the independence of its outlook, the juxtaposition of violence and crime with one of the safest, most civilized groups of countries in the world? Maybe we just like reading about countries colder than our own? We want to try and find out – but just in case the discussion gets too earnest and worthy, writers Stu Heritage and Robyn Wilder of Luv and Hat have agreed to return to offer their own view on the theme. As well as the usual well stocked bar, there’ll be bar food for those of you who are peckish. We’ll send round a bar menu soon. Also Tom, inspired by the Scandinavian theme, will be creating his own Scandinavian cocktail for the evening so make sure you don’t miss that. Don your wooly jumper and snow boots and come and join us in the august surroundings of the Broadway House Members club in Fulham Broadway. Listen, learn, meet, drink and decide for yourself.”

Check out the Facebook page for the event and tickets. Hope to see our Nordic Noir friends at this event.

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Literature, justice and forgiveness

Nordic Noir discussions have often touched on the role of Scandinavian crime literature in dissecting concepts such as justice, catharsis, forgiveness, and other crucial issues for humanity. These lectures will not focus on crime fiction, but may be of interest for their focus on the power of literature to shape and reflect collective norms. All welcome – no need to book – please join us!

The venue for all four lectures is the Ramsey Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AJ.

Four lectures by Leverhulme Visiting Professor Svend Erik Larsen

Leverhulme Lecture I: Wednesday 16 January, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building

Forgiveness after Religion: Radical Wrong-Doing & Cultural Norms

The idea of radical wrongdoing changed when Christianity lost its grip on cultural norms, and forgiveness acquired a new role in literature and culture. Followed by a wine reception hosted by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.
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Leverhulme Lecture II: Wednesday 6 February, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building

Don Juan, Lear & Figaro: Reinventing Forgiveness

Tragedy and comedy feed on the transgression of norms and its consequences for human life. When they change, new visions of humanity emerge together with new role of forgiveness.
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Leverhulme Lecture III: Wednesday 13 March, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building

Where Forgiveness does not Exist

Cultures before or outside Christianity take issue with radical wrongdoing in other ways than the Western tradition, questioning the universal status of forgiveness.
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Leverhulme Lecture IV: Wednesday 24 April, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building

The Limits of Forgiveness: Writing Reconciliation in South Africa

Many South African writers have discussed the limits of the bold attempt to use forgiveness as an instrument to national reconciliation.
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Professor Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark) has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to spend January-June 2013 based at UCL Scandinavian Studies. He will be delivering four Leverhulme Lectures, leading Masterclasses for postgraduate students, and helping launch a new collaboration between UCL Scandinavian Studies, Dutch and SSEES: Learning from Small Nations. For more information, please contact Dr Claire Thomson (claire.thomson@ucl.ac.uk).

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Borgen Briefing

Saturday 18 February 2012, 2-4pm. Mercer Room, Covent Garden Community Centre, London WC2H 9LA

Featuring Annette K. Olesen, Director of Borgen episodes 9 and 10.

When the Danish drama Borgen hit British television screens last month, we asked our Twitter followers what kind of cultural background information would help them make sense of this political drama. They told us they wanted to know about Danish language, the Danish television industry, Danish coalition politics, and Danish pastries. So our Borgen Briefing will include short, fun presentations by UCL experts on Danish language, culture and politics, and a Q&A with our very special guest from Denmark Annette K. Olesen, who directed episodes 9 and 10. We couldn’t find an expert on the cultural history of Danish pastries, so we decided we’d just serve up lots of coffee and wienerbrød on the day. Space is limited: book your ticket here!

Directions to the venue (updated 17 February 2012)

This is a note to help guide you to the venue. The street address is 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA (the postcode 6LA has been circulating – we think this might be their admin office). Official guidance from Seven Dials and a map can be found here: http://www.sevendialsclub.com/contact/location-2/

It’s a very nice venue but a little bit tucked away, and it doesn’t always seem to come up very accurately on google maps. Here are instructions from the two most likely approach directions:

If you’re standing at the Seven Dials roundabout / monument with the Cambridge Theatre on your right and the Crown pub opposite you, turn right along Earlham Street. About half way down the street, on your left hand side, you should see the red signs for the Donmar Theatre. Seven Dials Club / Covent Garden Community Centre (our venue) is number 42, on the right hand side of the street, before you reach the Donmar. It has a black brick frontage and glass entrance doors.

If you get off at Covent Garden tube, walk towards Marks and Spencer on the other side of Long Acre. Just to your right is Neal Street. Walk up Neal Street, past Shelton Street on the left, and take the next left turn into Earlham Street (Urban Outfitters is on the corner). Walk towards the red signs of the Donmar Theatre. Seven Dials Club is just after and opposite the Donmar, at number 42 Earlham Street, on your left, with a black brick frontage and glass entrance doors.

We’ll have scouts with signs out on Earlham street looking for lost-looking Borgen fans…

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