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Crime writer Ann Cleeves has been appointed patron of the festival.

CRIME writer and creator of the popular Jimmy Perez character, Ann Cleeves, has been named as the patron of the isles’ own crime writing festival Shetland Noir when it returns in summer of next year.

Local crime writer Marsali Taylor will take on a leading role alongside Cleeves in curating the four day event from 15 to 18 June 2023.

Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell said: “We are thrilled to have such an eminent and well-loved writer with such strong Shetland connections leading on a special Wordplay next summer.

“We look forward to welcoming Ann and her colleagues from the world of crime writing to Shetland for a mystery packed long weekend!”

Shetland Noir was last held in 2015.

Guests will be announced later this summer and, lifting the veil a little bit, Shetland Arts said it will include “an impressive array of internationally celebrated local and national crime-writers”.

Discounted early bird noir cards will go on sale from Friday at tickets.shetlandarts.org or directly at Mareel via 01595 745500.

Shetland Noir was last held back in 2015.

Meanwhile, the art agency’s Wordplay 2022, curated by Malcky Tallack will run from 21 to 25 September, while the film festival Screenplay will be on over a six-day period from 30 August to 4 September.

Special festival cards for these two events, allowing ticket holders to priority booking and discounted rates, are on sale now.