- 07 May 19
In addition to the festival proper in November, 'Murder One' will host US crime writing icons Jeffery Deaver, James Ellroy and Karin Slaughter at City Hall this summer.
Murder One, a new crime writing festival now in its second year, will run from November 1st – 3rd in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre. The inaugural festival in 2018 exceeded all expectations with large audiences for a host of international authors including Peter James, Val McDermid, Clare Mackintosh, and Lynda La Plante,
In addition to the three-day core festival, Murder One aspires to present major crime writers year-round in standalone events, making the festival the natural home for crime writers visiting Dublin. To kick-start this initative, the festival will host a series of three headline US crime writers under the banner of Midsummer Murder One.
- On Friday May 24th Jeffery Deaver will be in conversation with Declan Burke discussing his new novel The Never Game.
- On Thursday May 30th the always controversial James Ellroy will discuss his new novel, This Storm, with Eoin McNamee
- On Thursday June 13th Karin Slaughter will be in conversation with Sinead Crowley discussing her new novel, The Last Widow
All events are in City Hall. Tickets are available here.
Later events in July will feature Australian sensation Jane Harper and Northern Ireland’s Adrian McKinty. In September, the festival will host bestselling Canadian crime writer Linwood Barclay. Final details for these events will be available on the festival website soon.
Murder One 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 and the DLR Voices Series.
Working with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin City Events, and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the organisers aim to attract not just an avid local audience but also literary tourists from all over the world.
Vanessa O’Loughlin said of the festival: “As a crime writer who has taken part in, as well as curating many crime writing events, I’m constantly delighted by the passion and enthusiasm of Irish crime fans and we are delighted that authors have embraced this landmark festival without hesitation. In addition to my fellow Irish writers, we have attracted some major international names – in its second year, Murder One already rivals the established UK crime festivals in content and most importantly, welcome. We will be bringing everything together to thrill festival goers again this year whether they enjoy cosy whodunits, true crime or Cold War spy dramas."