Arts / Crime writing festival to return

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.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.