In a UNESCO City of Literature that boasts innumerable festivals all year round, you might think that all bases had been covered, but with the increasing popularity of genre festivals, this is not strictly true. Crime writers have regularly appeared at the major Dublin literary festivals but crime writing has arguably been under-served thus far. All this is about to change with the advent of Murder One, a new three-day long weekend crime writing festival that will feature readings and interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, and a free speakers corner where attendees can listen to readings from some of Ireland’s newest crime writers. Murder One will be a broad church accommodating the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction, police procedural and supernatural.
For a first festival the line-up of crime writers is massively impressive. International bestseller, Michael Connelly opens with a special preview event on October 28th at 2.00pm in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Tickets are already selling fast so book now!
Thereafter the main programme takes place in Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, from 2nd – 4th November. Featured over the weekend will be a stellar cast of crime and thriller writers including Lynda La Plante, Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Mick Herron and Robert Goddard together with many of your favourite Irish crime writers including Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Karen Perry, Catherine Ryan Howard, Patricia Gibney, Jo Spain, Sinead Crowley, Anthony J Quinn, William Ryan and many more.
International bestseller Lynda La Plante will also bring festival attendees a unique free workshop for anyone interested in the world of forensics or Crime Scene Investigation. This interactive event is hosted by Think Forensic whose experts include CSI’s, forensic scientists, and senior investigating officers. In Lynda La Plante’s CSI Murder Room, get a hands on introduction to forensic science during which you will be briefed on the crime of the day, inspired by Lynda’s newest thriller Murder Mile, and help the team solve it.
The festival has been developed and will be curated by two of Ireland’s most experienced literary event programmers, Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of Writing.ie (aka crime writer Sam Blake) and Bert Wright formerly of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and currently curator of The Dublin Festival of History and the DLR Voices Series.. Working with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin City Events, and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the organizers aim to attract not just an avid local audience but also literary tourists from all over the world. The model of the long-running and hugely successful Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate is very much in mind.
With crime writing consistently the highest selling genre worldwide, the time is ripe for a great literary city to expand its festival portfolio and Murder One, it is hoped, will become one of the key events in the national and international crime festival calendar.
Bert Wright said “Not for nothing was Dublin chosen as one of the first UNESCO Cities of Literature. UK visitors always remark upon the enthusiasm and sophistication of Dublin audiences and this has been a festival waiting to happen. Irish crime writers are now rightly respected and admired the world over. England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own crime festivals so it really was time for Dublin to step up to the plate. It’s all enormously exciting and we can’t wait to open the doors on Murder One.”
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin added, “As Sam Blake I’ve take part in many crime writing events, but as a curator I’ve programmed even more, and I’m constantly delighted by the passion and enthusiasm of Irish crime fans. In addition to my fellow Irish crime writers, we are pulling in some major international names to make our first Murder One year unforgettable. Last year the top three bestselling books were thrillers and we want to thrill festival goers whether they enjoy cosy whodunits or Cold War spy dramas. Check out murderone.ie or follow @MurderOneFest to see the plot unfold.”
Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature said: Crime novels are enjoyed by a wider variety of readers than possibly any other genre, and are consistently among the most popular titles borrowed in libraries, so we have no doubt that there is a huge appetite for Murder One. We look forward to being a part of the festival and bringing readers and authors together, especially our widely celebrated and internationally renowned Irish writers of crime fiction.’
Check out Murder One for the full line up – www.murderone.ie, follow on Twitter @MurderOneFest
This will be a sell out festival so don’t leave your ticket to chance!