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Crime Writing Festival to Launch in Dún Laoghaire

Penguin Random House Ireland have partnered with the Irish Times to launch a new crime writing festival, Dead in Dún Laoghaire. The festival will take place on Saturday July 22nd in Dún Laoghaire’s Pavillion Theatre. Paula Hawkins, author of the much talked about novel Girl on the Train is set to attend, along with the hugely successful writer and anthropologist Kathy Reichs, whose crime novels were the inspiration for the hit TV show Bones. Irish writers John Banville, Liz Nugent and Karen Perry (writers Karen Gillece and Paul Perry) will all be discussing their newest novels. Michael McLoughlin of Penguin Random House Ireland said of the event: “we are absolutely thrilled to welcome a rare visit from two of the biggest international names in crime writing today and to celebrate the abundance of talent right here on our doorstep. It’s wonderful to be partnering with The Irish Times to launch Dead in Dún Laoghaire and we hope to see it become an immediate highlight of the Irish literary calendar.” To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the site for the Pavillion Theatre here.


The closing date for the Newbridge June Fest Literary Event short story competition is tomorrow, May 12th. The first prize winning story will be published in the Leinster Leader. The winners of first, second and third prize will be announced at the literary event on June 7th in the town hall and given an opportunity to read an excerpt from their winning stories. There is no set theme for the stories, so this is a good opportunity for writers with some completed works that would like the chance to be published – however there is an entrance fee. To find out more information, click here.

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