Workshop “Icons of Noir. The Old and the New”, by Jesús Lens

Since the fall of 2018, the Granada City of Literature UNESCO Programme (Arts Departament of Granada City Council) and the Aula de Literatura of the University of Granada have been collaborating on a series of free micro-workshops on writing. Our micro-workshops deal with very diverse aspects of literary creation. They aim to stimulate enthusiasm for literature, to generate new audiences, and to foster a network of complicity between authors-teachers and participants. The workshops have been celebrated on-site at the Madraza palace, but in 2020 they went on-line, due to Covid restrictions. In 2021, however, they are going to be carried out both on-site and on-line, as they will do in 2022.

There are a maximum of 15 places for each workshop, expandable to 20 places if done online, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in applying for participation should write an email to

“Icons of Noir. The Old and the New” — Teacher: Jesús Lens — Date: May 6th, 2022, from 6.30 pm to 9 pm — Venue: Sala Mariana de Pineda-Palacio de la Madraza, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea of the University of Granada.

The workshop

In the workshop Icons of noir. The old and the new will address the historical evolution of the black genre through some of its best-known classic characters, from the police to the private detective, the journalist, the gangster, the spies or the femme fatale. A way to promote a different approach to noir, fun and rigorous with the participation of students in a theoretical-practical exercise.

Jesús Lens

Jesús Lens, director de los festivales Granada Noir y Gravite

Jesús Lens (Granada, 1970) is a columnist for the newspaper Ideal from 1997 to the present, currently coordinates a weekly supplement on gastronomic information and has a collaboration dedicated to black and police culture. He has published several books. Microcréditos. La revolución silencio, with Antonio Claret García, published in Debate. Later he specialized in film and travel, with titles such as Hasta donde el cine nos lleve, written with Fran J. Ortiz and, now alone, Café-Bar Cinema, Cineasta Blanco, Corazón Negro and Ríos de celuloide; all in the Almed publishing house.
Author of short stories awarded in different contests, has been a jury in various literary and cinematographic awards, national and international. Together with Gustavo Gómez, he is founder and director of the multicultural festivals Granada Noir and Gravite, consolidated as an essential reference of the Andalusian cultural calendar. Since 2021 he is a member of the Academia de las Buenas Letras de Granada.

Scroll to top