Noir Is The Colour

Starting on 29 May and running until 26 June, the Institut Français in London will be hosting a series of literary events with some of the leading exponents of French noir fiction in conversation with their counterparts from the UK and Europe.


The first event will see 2013 Prix Goncourt winner Pierre Lemaitre in conversation with Britain’s King of Crime John Harvey. Discussing their new novels Darkness, Darkness (the 12th in Harvey’s Resnick series) and Irène (part two of Lemaitre’s Commandant Verhoeven Trilogy), the evening will be chaired by Nordic Noir editor Barry Forshaw.


On 12 June, Bernard Minier, the critically acclaimed author of bestselling novel The Frozen Dead will talk about his work with Nicci Gerrard and Sean French – the British husband-and-wife team who write psychological novels under the pseudonym Nicci French.


The last session sees Marc Dugain in conversation with Peter Guttridge. Published on 12 June, Dugain’s new book The Avenue Of Giants, is inspired by the true story of California’s ‘Co-ed Killer’ Edmund Kemper. Guttridge is co-director of Scarborough’s Books by the Beach festival and author of crime series The Brighton Trilogy.

To learn more about the series and to book tickets to these events, click here.