BCNegra: 10 years of crime writing

Literature. This year’s programme features some fifty free activities and appearances by more than seventy writers.

This year’s programme includes some fifty free activities and features appearances by more than seventy writers and the cooperation of around forty publishing companies. Besides the change in venue to the Liceu Conservatory, the festival highlights will see Alicia Giménez Barlett receive the Tenth Pepe Carvalho Prize, whilst the Filmoteca de Catalunya (Catalan Film Institute) will organise two film seasons and the Library of Barcelona also hosts special programmes of activities.

BCNegra, the great Barcelona festival for all crime literature fans, celebrates its tenth anniversary with a programme packed with interesting activities. From January 29 to February 7, more than fifty free activities will take place, including round tables, book clubs, exhibitions, meetings with writers, award presentations, film seasons and special programmes revolving around crime fiction at cultural centres around the city.

More than forty publishing companies will be taking part in this year’s festival, which will feature appearances by around one hundred participants, including more than seventy writers, as well as publishers,  journalists, psychologists, criminologists, police officers, comic artists, scriptwriters, historians and musicians. All these guests help to make BCNegra an outstanding meeting, enriched by a wide range of different viewpoints.

On Thursday, February 5, the writer Alícia Giménez Barlett will receive the Tenth Pepe Carvalho Prize in the Saló de Cent at Barcelona City Hall.  The next day, the author will discuss one of her most famous characters, Petra Delicado, at a round table where the guests will also include several European publishers. At the 2015 BCNegra, moreover, the traditional Pepe Carvalho Prize will be joined by another accolade, the Crims de Tinta (“Ink Crimes”) Prize, which will be awarded on January 29, kicking off the festival.

Buenos Aires is the guest city at this tenth edition, whose organisers hope to attract even more participants than last year, when 10,000 people took part in the different activities. The Argentinian writers Tatiana Goransky, Ernesto Mallo and Claudia Piñeiro will all attend the festival, whilst other leading authors scheduled to make appearances at BCNegra include Anne Perry, Philip Kerr and Sue Grafton.

Other organisations that take part in the festival include the Libraries of Barcelona, where special programmes such as book clubs and exhibitions will be organised once more. Jaume Fuster Library, for example, will host a show focusing on the daring, colourful illustrations used in crime fiction in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Finally, the Filmoteca de Catalunya (Catalan Film Institute) will launch two film seasons, one devoted to the author Carlos Pérez Merinero and the other entitled Fu-Manchú tenia raó (“Fu Manchu Was Right”).