The Nordic Noir Genre: Bente de Grey

"Why are the Scandinavian thriller writers so popular that the term Nordic Noir has become a genre? What makes this genre different from other crime fiction? This is a continuation of the course held in March 2018 where we discussed Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo and Jussi AdlerOlsen. This time we will concentrate on three female crime writers, Camilla Läckberg, Sara Blaedel and Karin Fossum. We will again discuss why these writers write such thrilling and explicitly violent novels. Is it the Scandinavian psyche, our dark and dingy winter months or the legacy of playwright Strindberg and the painter Edward Munch? Do the female writers concentrate more on psychological terror than the sheer violence? 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. Join us and find out!"

Tutor: Bente de Grey

"Bente de Grey is a local writer who has published both feature articles and fiction. 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 11 years, she has led writing courses for writers’ groups and at the REC. "