Treat yourself to our tasty nacho menu

The sixth annual Noirwich Crime Writing Festival begins today! As excitement grows, we are pleased to reveal details of food and drink on offer over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall.

Saturday 14 September

Gringo’s Nacho Factory

The talented folks at Gringo’s will be serving a special nacho and taco menu at Dragon Hall between 1 – 9pm. Mouth-watering options include classic cheesy nachos, BBQ pulled pork nachos, smoky seasoned steak tacos and vegan-friendly BBQ jackfruit nachos and tacos!

See the full menu here

Grey Seal Coffee

Norfolk’s leading specialty coffee roasters Grey Seal Coffee will be serving hot drinks and delicious cakes throughout the day.

The Bicycle Shop

The Bicycle Shop will be serving drinks from 5pm until late!

Sunday 15 September

Grey Seal Coffee

Norfolk’s leading specialty coffee roasters Grey Seal Coffee will be serving hot drinks and delicious cakes throughout the day.

Bloody Marys from Big Tom and Ghost Vodka

Are you ready for the Bloody Brunch? Purchase tickets to both ‘Dark Pasts’ and ‘A Taste of Murder’ and you’ll get a complimentary glass of Bloody Mary courtsey of Big Tom and Ghost Vodka!

Looking for places to eat and drink in the city? Check out our recommendations here, or head to the VisitNorwich website.

Crime lovers rejoice! The sixth Noirwich Crime Writing Festival begins tomorrow with James Runcie at Jarrold…but to get the party started early, why not pop along to The Ivy Brasserie on London St for a crime-themed cocktail or two?

In honour of Noirwich, The Ivy Norwich have created six limited-edition cocktails; each more devilishly delicious than the last and inspired by popular murder mystery board game, Cluedo, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Created by the brasserie’s talented bar team, each cocktail is named after characters from the famous game and will be available for guests to enjoy until Sunday 15 September. Bespoke cocktails include ‘Miss Scarlett’, a delicious blend of Maker’s Mark whisky, Cointreau Blood Orange, grenadine & ginger ale; ‘Colonel Mustard’, a spicy blend of Ketel One Citroen Vodka and Bloody Mary spice mix; and ‘Mrs Peacock’, incorporating Beefeater Gin, Créme de Violet, lemon and Maraschino liqueur.

Why not book a table in advance and treat yourself to dinner? Visit The Ivy website for further information.

Wednesday 4 September, 7.30pm

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia

James Ellroy

Celebrate September as Norwich’s ‘month of crime’ and the impending launch of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival with this exclusive event.

James Ellroy, aka the ‘Demon Dog of American Literature’, is best-known for books such as The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential and American Tabloid. His new novel, This Storm, is set in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbour and is a ‘frenetic mix of intrigue, corruption and racism, featuring a cast of communists, rogue cops and, of course, murder’ (The Guardian). We are thrilled to welcome him to Norwich for the first time to discuss his latest book, and his fascination with the criminal underbelly of mid-20 century Los Angeles.


Noirwich Season Pass holders: this event is not part of your Noirwich 2019 season pass. Please book separately. All season pass holders are entitled to a Season pass concessionary rate of £8 (applied at checkout).

‘Undeniably one of the most influential crime writers of our time.’ – The Times

‘Ellroy offers a grandiose, Wagnerian vision of wartime LA’ – Sunday Times


About James Ellroy

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed L.A. Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz. His novel Blood’s A Rover completes the magisterial Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy – the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. His most recent novel, This Storm, is the next instalment in the Second L.A. Quartet.

Image (c) Marion Ettlinger

Indulge in some crime-themed cinema this September with the Film Noir season of Vintage Sundays at Picturehouse Cinemas!

Each Sunday, Cinema City brings classic films back on the big screen where they belong. Starting on 8 September, you can dive into the dark heart of Hollywood with five classics from the likes of Orson Welles and Billy Wilder.

In a Lonely Place

Double Indemnity – Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

Billy Wilder’s paradigmatic film set the template for the genre when first released in 1944. Insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful wife of one of his clients (Barbara Stanwyck): kill her husband and make off with the insurance money. But Walter’s colleague (Edward G. Robinson) – a shrewd insurance investigator – has a feeling that not all is as it seems with the widow’s claim.

In a Lonely Place – Sun 15 Sep, 1pm

Humphrey Bogart delivers one of his best performances in Nicholas Ray’s hard-boiled, LA-set thriller. Dixon Steele (Bogart), a moody, volatile Hollywood screenwriter who’s had his heyday, is accused of murdering a coat check girl from a showbiz restaurant. Laurel (Gloria Grahame), an actress who lives in Dixon’s apartment complex, provides an alibi for her neighbour when questioned by the police, and the pair start a relationship. But the chief of police is unconvinced of Dixon’s innocence and, after learning of his violent past, Laurel begins to question if she is putting herself in danger by staying with him.

The Killers – Sun 22 Sep, 1pm

Director Robert Siodmak brings Ernest Hemingway’s gripping short story of robbery and betrayal to the big screen. Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called “the Swede” (Burt Lancaster). When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator (Edmond O’Brien), on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede’s past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman (Ava Gardner) who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man (Albert Dekker).

Touch of Evil – Sun 29 Sep, 1pm

Beginning with perhaps the most celebrated tracking shot in history, Orson Welles’s bravura film noir is a shadowy tale of murder, malevolence and police corruption. When a car bomb explodes on the US-Mexican border, Mike Vargas (Heston), a Mexican official investigating drug trafficking, is drawn into the case. Vargas is convinced that American cop Hank Quinlan (Welles) is planting evidence to incriminate the prime suspect, and he becomes obsessed with exposing Quinlan as a rotten apple. Quinlan then seeks revenge by conspiring with gangsters, who terrorise Vargas’s wife Susan (Leigh). Welles gives a stunning performance as a man increasingly depleted of humanity, and his deliriously daring thriller with a dark emotional core is one of the greatest of its genre.

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival returns this September with a new line-up of renowned crime writers. A limited number of Season Passes are now available, with individual event tickets to go on sale in June.

Headliners

Headliners for 2019 include George Alagiah, Louise Doughty and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, each making their first appearance at Noirwich.

George Alagiah is best known as a journalist and broadcaster, easily recognisable from BBC News. This year he makes his crime fiction debut with The Burning Land, set in South Africa, with The Independent noting that “without rhetoric or rancour, his eloquent book places issues in their true context, and frames some of the major moral questions of our time.”

Louise Doughty is the award-winning author of nine novels, including the soon-to-be-published Platform Seven, and has written non-fiction and five plays for radio. Her book Apple Tree Yard was adapted for television in 2017.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer of crime and children’s fiction. Her crime novels have been translated into English by Bernard Scudder, Philip Roughton and Victoria Cribb. We’re excited to be joined by Yrsa in Norwich for this year’s festival.

Four days of crime fiction

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival takes places over four days in September. The full programme will be announced in June, with highlights to include James Runcie, Denise Mina, Lisa Jewell, Sarah Hilary, Martin Walker, Erin Kelly, Leye Adenle, Simone Buchholz, Laura Shepherd-Robinson and more.

Season passes are now available, providing you with access to all author events. Click here to secure your season pass!

Tickets for individual events will be available in June.

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