The Nordic Noir Genre : Bente de Grey

"Why are the Scandinavian thriller writers so popular that the term Nordic Noir has become a genre? We will discuss why these writers write such thrilling and explicitly violent novels. Is it the Scandinavian psyche, our dark and dingy winter months, the legacy of Strindberg and the painter Edward Munch? What drives these writers to create such dastardly deeds in fiction? After all, the crime rate, particularly violent crimes, are rare in Norway, Sweden and Denmark! The course will focus on three writers: Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo and Jussi Adler-Olsen. Join us and find out!"

Tutor: Bente de Grey

"Bente de Grey is a local writer who has published both feature articles and fiction. Last year she completed a novel for young adults, which is currently being considered for publication. After a degree in librarianship from Oslo University, Bente moved to Scotland where she worked as a research librarian. Following a career in librarianship and editing Bente returned to university (Luton) and obtained a first class honours degree and an MA in Creative Writing. For the last 10 years, she has led writing courses for writers’ groups and at the REC. "