In a UNESCO City of Literature that boasts innumerable festivals all year round, you might think that no stone would have been left unturned in literary Dublin but you would be wrong. Crime writers have regularly appeared at the major Dublin literary festivals but in the era of dedicated generic festivals, crime writing has so far been under-served. 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, walking tours, a speakers corner market-place with merchandise stalls and open mic opportunities, plus murder mystery events and forensics and writing workshops. Murder One will also be a broad church which will aim to accommodate the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction together with script writers of TV series and films.
Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, is booked for 2nd – 4th November and planning is well under way. 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 and Bert Wright formerly of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and currently curator of The Dublin Festival of History. Working with Dublin City Libraries, which has 20 library branches and over half a million users, 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 search for a commercial sponsor has begun with the model of the long-running and hugely successful Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate 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.
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