Thu, 15-Sun, 18 Jun 2023

Wordplay presents Shetland Noir

Next summer, Wordplay will return to Mareel with a very special festival for 2023. Shetland Noir will run over 4 days in June, with a programme packed full of internationally known writer events, workshops, panel discussions and outings. We will explore bringing in other elements to the programme, broadening from a literature base to include film, music, live performance, as well as other "noir" related content. 

We are delighted to announce award-winning crime-writer and creator of the world-famous Jimmy Perez Shetland novels Ann Cleeves OBE as Patron of Shetland Noir 2023. Ann will be supported in her role by Shetland’s own Marsali Taylor.

“I'm delighted to be involved with Shetland Noir. I can't wait to bring crime readers and writers together in these beautiful islands to celebrate all things noir.” (Ann Cleeves).

Early Bird Noir Card available on sale now, with full price Noir Cards (£85) and tickets for individual events going on sale from January 1 2023. 

Please Note: if you are travelling to Shetland please ensure there is travel and accommodation available before you book your card as these can fill up very quickly. Shetland Noir is based in Mareel, in Lerwick, there is accommodation available within Lerwick and there are options in surrounding villages within an easy drive of Lerwick (car hire is available but we also advise booking in advance). For more tips and advice on your visit to the islands see Visit |