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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 her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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CWA Debut Dagger Now Open

Posted by Louise Phillips on 9 November 2013.

  For fifteen years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents. The 2014 competition is open from Friday 1st November 2013 until Friday 31st January 2014. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. The first prize is £700 and is kindly sponsored by Orion. Short...

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‘How do we protect those we love from darkness?’ – Launch of THE OUTSIDER by Arlene Hunt

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 November 2013.

The official launch of The Outsider by Arlene Hunt will take place on Thursday November at 6.30pm in the Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar. The book will be launched by Louise Phillips, Arlene will be there to chat to readers and sign books, and there’ll be a glass of wine or two to keep the cold away. All are welcome, so please call in.   About the book The Outsider From the time she was born, Emma Byrne...

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Irish Crime Fiction A Festival comes to Trinity College this November!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 November 2013.

This fantastic Crime Fiction Event is gaining more momentum by the day!! Don’t miss out on what is looking like the Mother of all Crime Fiction Festivals in Dublin. Most of the events are FREE, apart from the Michael Connelly event with John Connolly. Bookings for all events are below, so get cracking!!   Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November Trinity College Dublin Trinity College Dublin and Glucksman Ireland...

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Crime’s Best Writers at Free-to-Watch Live Online Workshop

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 October 2013.

Best-selling crime authors Ken Bruen, Jane Casey, Declan Hughes and Niamh O’Connor will be joining WritersWebTV on October 30th, ready to arm aspiring authors with all the best writing tips, tricks and methods at the upcoming workshop, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction. Multi-award-winning Ken Bruen – the author of the Jack Taylor series which has become a TV hit starring Iain Glen – will talk through writing great hook-lines and how to develop characters across...

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IRISH CRIME FICTION FESTIVAL – TRINITY COLLEGE

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 October 2013.

If you’re interested in Irish Crime Fiction, don’t miss out on this FREE Festival Event on Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November at Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College Dublin and New York University are holding this festival which is devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring more than a dozen of the most exciting Irish crime novelists. This will be a memorable weekend, devoted to a key genre of contemporary Irish writing, so don’t miss...

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Lady Killers!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 August 2013.

LADY KILLERS – An Event Not To Be Missed!   Main Auditorium – Civic Theatre Tallaght – 18th October 8 p.m. Crime Writing by Leading Female Authors: Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips and special guest former Boulder Coroner Joanne Richardson in conversation with Susan Condon A RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT REMIND ME ABOUT THIS SHOW A killer evening not to be missed! Some of Ireland’s most popular female crime writers share insights into...

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Want to Win FREE Copies of THE DOLL’S HOUSE

Posted by Louise Phillips on 9 August 2013.

  For everyone that made the launch on Wednesday, a HUGH thank you, and for anyone who wanted to be there but for whatever reason couldn’t, including potential bus strike, LUAS not working with massive delays, not to mention the 3 hour tail back on the M50, I appreciate your support too! It was a great week, despite some of the challenges above. Having heard last Friday that many shops didn’t get deliveries due to a...

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Floating bodies, scary dolls & hypnotic stares…it’s The Doll’s House Trailer!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 July 2013.

Well PUBLICATION DAY day is nearly here, only a little over a week to wait! Niamh O’ Connor says, ‘It’s chilling, mesmerising, gets under your skin and stays with you….’ Want a quick glimpse of what’s in store? Click to view this 60 second Trailer – IF YOU DARE!

Dazzling Debut Dagger – CWA Nominee Aine O Domhnaill & A Night to Remember

Posted by Louise Phillips on 18 July 2013.

It was hard to whine about the bobby pins jabbing my skull and the blisters forming from the stiletto heels when surrounded by the company of those who attended the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger Awards ceremony in London. And the prosecco that decorated King’s place with flickers of gold upon arrival helped… In the weeks prior to this night, my heart wanted to beat its way out of my sternum at the thought...

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‘Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you’ Niamh O’Connor

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 June 2013.

YOU’VE BEEN WAITING A LITTLE WHILE, BUT HERE’S THE COVER & BLURB OF THE DOLL’S HOUSE RELEASE DATE  –  AUGUST 1st!!! PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE. BUT WHAT IF THE TRUTH IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO HEAR? Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.   Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to...

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