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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent Kate Pearson novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME was published on September 5th 2019. It was shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

You can follow Louise online, on Twitter and on Facebook.


Posted by Louise Phillips on 7 April 2020.

STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) from Harrogate International Festivals It is with deep regret and sadness that Harrogate International Festivals has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Summer Season due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes the Harrogate Music Festival, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Spiegeltent and Children’s Festival, as well as several outdoor theatre and community events.   This difficult decision was made after carefully assessing several factors, but most importantly the...

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Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 March 2020.

Martina Cole | Mark Billingham | Kathy Reichs Mick Herron | Lisa Gardner | Michael Connelly | Elly Griffiths   23-26 July 2020 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate   Harrogate, 4 March 2020: The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival have just announced its 2020 Special Guests at this crime fiction festival. Crime writing royalty Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Lisa Gardner, Kathy Reichs, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron and Michael Connelly will be appearing as part of the killer line-up...

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Martin Edwards Receives 2020 CWA Diamond Dagger

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 February 2020.

The author awarded the highest honour in British crime writing, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, has been announced. Martin Edwards joins icons of the genre who have been recognised with the accolade, including Ruth Rendell, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Ian Rankin, PD James, Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill, Lindsey Davies, Peter Lovesey, and John Le Carré. Praise for Martin: “Martin Edwards is not only a fine writer but he is also ridiculously knowledgeable about...

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Unleash Your Dark Side

Posted by Louise Phillips on 12 February 2020.

Ahem….   Bestselling author, LouiseMPhillips, is holding an 8-week course on successful #CrimeFiction writing, starting March 2020 IRISH WRITERS CENTRE -Unleash Your Dark Side ABOUT THE COURSE: Learn the secrets of successful crime-fiction writing with bestselling and award-winning crime author, Louise Phillips. On this course, participants will receive in-depth analysis of all aspects of great crime fiction, including the creation of memorable characters, planning, pace, dialogue, and narration. Many of Louise’s students have achieved great publication success, with some...

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Lynda La Plante, Laura Lippman and Robert Goddard to headline 2020 CrimeFest.

Posted by Louise Phillips on 6 February 2020.

  Headline authors for CrimeFest – one of Europe’s biggest crime fiction conventions – have been announced. The 2020 convention sponsored by Specsavers is hosted from 4 to 7 June at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel and will feature icon of the genre, Lynda La Plante, the award-winning author of more than 30 internationally bestselling novels. La Plante was a pioneer with her 1980’s series, Widows. The show received the Hollywood treatment with a movie adaptation...

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Crime Documentary & Drama Irish Film Institute February 2020!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 January 2020.

The Irish Film Institute will be screening true crime documentary and crime drama this coming February for interested in thrillers and true stories of legal pursuit. See listing and dates below: About Mr Jones Ambitious Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (James Norton) travels to Moscow in an attempt to secure an interview with none other than Stalin himself. Hearing rumours of a government-induced famine, Jones covertly visits Ukraine where he bears witness to the atrocities of man-made...

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Rebus Writer Unmasked As Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival 2020 Programming Chair

Posted by Louise Phillips on 15 January 2020.

The best-selling writer behind the Inspector Rebus books has been unmasked as the programming chair for next year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. As a result, Ian Rankin – who has sold more than 20 million books and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literature – has been charged with pulling together a “most wanted” list of guest authors and speakers to headline next year’s four-day event. Since its launch in 2003,...

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CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition & Debut Dagger!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 December 2019.

CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition Entries are being invited for the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition. This year, the competition has changed the weighting of its scoring system to match Margery Allingham’s definition of a Mystery. Entrants are asked to focus on specific elements to match the definition: “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion...

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Bag a Criminally Good Bargain!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 December 2019.

If you’re looking for a Black Friday style deal for the crime fiction aficionado in your life, there’s only a few days left for the Early Bird offer for CrimeFest tickets.   Delegates have until 16 December to book a full pass for the four-day convention for just £165, when the price then goes up to £185.   The crime writing fraternity’s biggest convention, styled on the American model, returns 4-7 June, 2020. CrimeFest attracts...

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Unleash Your Dark Side!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 November 2019.

Do you want to start, progress, or finish that dark, delicious crime novel of yours?? Well, if the answer is yes, I’m delighted to be running an 8 Week Crime Writing Workshop with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin this coming March! I promise, I don’t look nearly as moody as the above photograph!! PLACES ARE LIMITED – EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED BOOKING LINK   Starts: Tues 3 Mar 2020 Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Duration: 8 Weeks...

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