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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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Irish Crime Novels July 2015

Posted by Louise Phillips on 2 July 2015.

Irish Crime Novel Publications July 2015 2nd July – Sinead Crowley ‘Are you Watching Me?’   7th July – Ken Bruen ‘Green Hell’   26th July – John Mc Allister ‘Barlow by The Book’     30th July – Jax Miller ‘Freedom’s Child’   30th July – Jane Casey ‘Hide & Seek’

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition now open for entries

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 June 2015.

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2015 Monday 22nd June sees the launch of the fifth Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. The challenge for writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct over the course of one year. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 29 October 2015, World...

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Shortlist Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel – Harrogate

Posted by Louise Phillips on 15 June 2015.

  The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. Celebrating its eleventh year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors over the last year. The 2015 Award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and Radio Times. Three of the shortlist are debut crime novels. Antonia Hodgson’s debut,...

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BritCrime 2015

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 June 2015.

  A free online crime festival will run for the first time in July 2015, as a result of a grassroots initiative instigated by author Helen Smith. The festival boasts more than forty crime authors, including Eva Dolan, Mark Edwards, C L Taylor, Sarah Hilary and Mason Cross. ‘We became friends after meeting at various literary events,’ Helen explains, ‘and although we love attending festivals and enjoy meeting readers, it’s important to balance time spent...

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Crimefest 2015- The Winners!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 May 2015.

Winners of CRIMEFEST Awards AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD for the best crime audiobook published in both print and audio in 2014: Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group) GOLDSBORO LAST LAUGH AWARD for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2014: L. C. Tyler for Crooked Herring (Allison & Busby) eDUNNIT AWARD for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy...

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Twenty7 buys Irish scout’s debut

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 May 2015.

New Bonnier fiction imprint Twenty7 Books has acquired a Dublin-based crime series by Irish literary scout Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Fox O’Loughlin is a literary scout and current chair of Irish PEN, as well as being the creator of popular writers’ resource www.writing.ie. She will write the series under the pen name Sam Blake. The three-book deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was agreed between publisher Joel Richardson and WME London’s Simon Trewin. The first title...

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London Book Fair and all that jazz!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 April 2015.

NEWS & PICS from the LONDON BOOK FAIR I had an absolutely amazing time last week at the LONDON BOOK FAIR – it was such a buzz, and I learned lots of stuff, had some wonderful conversations, and I totally enjoyed the Opening Ceremony within which Donal Ryan was announced as the Irish Winner of the European Prize for Literature. I’ll add some more pics below. Lots of bookish announcements too, including Irish crime writer Jane Casey...

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Is it sometimes better not to know the truth? Declan Burke – The Lost And The Blind…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 1 April 2015.

  THE LOST AND THE BLIND by Declan Burke (Severn House) gets its official US release April 1st , and early reviews sound great. Described as an intriguing new departure for this comic noir writer, here it what it’s all about….   ABOUT THE BOOK:   “A dying man, if he is any kind of man, will live beyond the law.” The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was senile or desperate for attention. Why else would...

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Crimefest 2015 – Programme of events revealed!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 March 2015.

  CRIMEFEST reveal draft PROGRAMME of Events!!   THURSDAY, 14 MAY: Track 1 Track 2 13:30 – 14:20 Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood Tom Callaghan Jason Hewitt S.J.I. Holliday Cal Moriarty M.P. Wright Moderator: Jake Kerridge 14:40 – 15:30 A Woman In A Man’s World? Ray Celestin Helen Giltrow M.J. McGrath William Shaw Participating moderator: M.R. Hall 14:40 – 15:30 Odd Jobs Britta Bolt (Rodney Bolt) Kate Griffin K.T. Medina Robert Wilson Participating...

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SJ Watson and Paula Watkins in conversation with Sinead Crowley – Mountains to the Sea

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 March 2015.

How well do we know our family, our closest friends? How well do we really know ourselves? S.J. Watson’s new novel, Second Life, explores identity, lies and secrets in a nail-biting new psychological thriller. Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success. It has now sold over 4 million copies around the world and has been made into a hit Hollywood film starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Paula Hawkins’...

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