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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent 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 is currently working on her latest novel, which is set in the US. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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Ken Bruen to Receive the iBAM 2016 Literature Award

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 June 2016.

Mystery writer Ken Bruen is the 2016 iBAM Awardee for Literature, and he will receive his award at the iBAM Gala Awards Dinner, October 14th in the Irish American Heritage Center. Announcement from iBAM – Ken has written over 50 books and is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway in 1951, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began writing in the mid...

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Dublin Writers Conference 24th – 26th June 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 June 2016.

  Lots of interesting workshops available this weekend at the Dublin Writers Conference, with no fewer than four crime writers taking past, including yours truly, Michael Russell, Sheila Bugler and Laurence O Bryan…..see details below!                     The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to be hosting the Dublin Writers Conference on the 24 – 26 June. This weekend conference will provide first class training in aspects of writing craft...

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An Impressive Shortlist of 6 for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 31 May 2016.

The shortlist for crime writing’s accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. Celebrating its twelfth year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016. The 2016 Award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Radio Times. The shortlist in...

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CRIMEFEST and my Crime Tribe!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 May 2016.

If you were staying at the Bristol Marriott Hotel over the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking you were a delegate at a Star Wars convention, such were the throngs of people bustling through the hotel, each armed with name badges and looking wildly enthusiastic. But it wasn’t Star Wars, it was Crimefest, the international crime fiction convention held in Bristol every May. With record numbers this year, the festival attracted writers, readers, editors,...

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Expect the Unexpected – The Guards

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 May 2016.

THE GUARDS  (2 Part Series- RTE ) Produced by Barry O Kelly –  Zucca Films   The Guards opens with the sound of police sirens in Dublin city, quickly followed by the breaking down of a door by Garda officers who repeatedly roar, ‘Gardaí, open up,’ to no avail. The target is a flat in the inner city. Behind the door are suspected drug dealers. The gambit for the programme is the reality of policing in...

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Women Writers launch London Crime Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 16 May 2016.

A collective of women crime writers in London and the South East are launching London’s first ever female-led crime festival. The Killer Women festival, sponsored by audiobook giant Audible, and accountancy firm HW Fisher, will be a celebration of women’s crime writing, held at the Council Room in Shoreditch Town Hall, home of the inquest into the murder of Jack the Ripper’s last victim, Mary Kelly, in 1888. It will take place on 15th October...

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CrimeFest Award Nominees & A Name You Will Recognise!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 April 2016.

CRIMEFEST is a convention which takes place in Bristol UK for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. The CRIMEFEST programme consists of interviews with its featured and highlighted guest authors; over forty panels with more than...

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Another bumper couple of months for Irish Crime Fiction!!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 April 2016.

The great variety and number of Irish Crime Fiction novels published since the start of 2016 continues for April and May!! ALL THINGS NICE by Sheila Bugler (April 4th) Charlotte Gleeson is living the life she always dreamed of, but it’s nothing like she imagined. Her daughter hates her, her husband is having an affair, her drinking is out of control. And now she’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation …For DI Ellen Kelly,...

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New Blood 2016 announced for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Posted by Louise Phillips on 14 April 2016.

Val McDermid’s 2016 New Blood authors have been announced as Martin Holmen for Clinch, JS Law for Tenacity, Beth Lewis for The Wolf Road and Abir Mukherjee, author of A Rising Man.   Gemma Rowland, Literature Festivals Manager at Harrogate International Festivals – the arts charity that delivers the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – said: “As well as celebrating the best crime writers around, the Festival is also about introducing new writers to crime fans.” Last week, Theakstons...

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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – Tickets!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 April 2016.

  Known as the friendliest festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival guarantees thrills, and a few spills at the hotel bar, as thousands descend for one long summer weekend. Heading to Harrogate for the 14th festival are Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole, Neil Cross, Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen, Val McDermid and Gerald Seymour, and over 80 more fantastic authors. Readers and authors alike meet their heroes, as well as the Next Big...

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