Murder One Festival

Main Space Events:

Things that Go Bump in the Night: CJ Tudor & Stuart Turton in conversation with Sinéad Crowley

Sat 2 Nov | 11am | Main Space | €12/10

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If you loved The Chalk Man and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, this is the event for you. Taking crime fiction in new directions, two incredible authors discuss inspiration, outstanding debuts and spine tingling goings on with bestselling crime author, RTE’s Sinéad Crowley. C.J. Tudor’s debut novel, The Chalk Man, was published by Penguin in January 2018 and was a Sunday Times Bestseller. Her second novel, The Taking of Annie Thorne, was published in February 2019. Stuart Turton’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel and the Costa First Novel Award 2018.

Destination Murder: Alex Barclay and Lucy Foley with WC Ryan

Sat 2 Nov | 12:30pm | Main Space | €12/10

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From a luxury inn on a remote west coast peninsula in Ireland, to a Scottish hunting lodge, these dark stories are told by two of crimes leading female voices.

Chaired by WC Ryan, author of House of Ghosts, a man who knows a thing or two about dangerous, lonely places. Lucy Foley’s departure to the dark side is her fourth bestseller, and Alex Barclay, the first lady of Irish crime, brings us her first Irish set standalone in a gripping event that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Untold Stories: The Five. Hallie Rubenhold with Joseph O’Connor

Sat 2 Nov | 2pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met.
They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales.
They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.
What they had in common was the year of their murders – 1888 – and their murderer, the man known as Jack the Ripper.
Historian Hallie Rubenhold talks to Joseph O’Connor and sets the record straight, giving these women back their stories.
Set just ten years previously, in his latest novel Shadowplay, O’Connor reveals the hidden stories of Bram Stoker’s life. Enter the dark world of Victorian London with two eminent authors.

Sam Blake’s Fresh Blood | Meet three stunning debut authors: Holly Jackson, Catherine Kirwan and James Delargy

Sat 2 Nov | 3:30pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Three completely different stories, three completely different books but one passion.
Find out how these authors got their break and what made the difference for them.
How did they get their ideas and how long did it take to go from idea to bookshelf?
From ingenious premise, to writing what you know, do good girls really get away with murder?

Past Crimes: Jess Kidd, Henrietta McKervey and Paddy Hirsch with Declan Burke

Sat 2 Nov | 5pm | Main Space | €12/10

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From Things in Jars to Violet Hill, London’s only female detective, via Hudson’s Kill and the Irish gangs of New York, three novelists use the past as a backdrop to their page-turning adventures of deception, danger – and detection.

Declan Burke, previously Dublin City of Literature’s Writer in Residence is an award winning author whose latest book is due soon from No Alibi’s Press.

Martina Cole in conversation with Breda Brown

Sat 2 Nov | 7pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Martina Cole’s first novel Dangerous Lady caused a sensation when it was published, and launched one of the bestselling fiction writers of her generation.
Twenty-seven years later, Martina has gone on to have more No.1 original fiction bestsellers than any other author.
She won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year with The Take , which then went on to be a hit TV series for Sky 1.
Her new novel No Mercy was published by Headline in October.

All About Agatha: John Curran and Andrew Wilson with Anna Carey

Sun 3 Nov | 11am | Main Space | €12/10

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John Curran is one of the world’s leading experts on Agatha Christie and author of Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks; Andrew Wilson brings her to life as the protagonist in his fiendishly plotted 1920’s mysteries – as AJ Finn put it, ‘Andrew Wilson’s Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud’.

The latest, Death in a Desert Land takes Christie to 1928 Baghdad. Journalist and author Anna Carey discusses the living legend that is Agatha Christie, one of the world’s greatest crime writers with two authors whose lives she has influenced.

Steve Cavanagh in Conversation with Andrea Carter

Sun 3 Nov | 12:30pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Multi award winning author of the phenomenal international bestseller Thirteen, Steve Cavanagh is back this year with Twisted.
Barrister turned bestselling crime writer Andrea Carter discusses life, the law and stunning plot twists with one of Ireland’s most brilliant writers.


Watching the Detectives: John Banville, Jane Casey and Roz Watkins with Brian Cliff

Sun 3 Nov | 2pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Creating brilliant detectives is never easy, especially when so many great writers have left their mark on history.
Mutli award winning authors John Banville (Benjamin Black), Jane Casey and Roz Watkins reveal who their fictional favourites are and why, and how they make their own characters stand out.
Brian Cliff is an Assistant Professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin. His most recent book is Irish Crime Fiction (2018), and he has published essays on authors including Emma Donoghue, John Connolly, Tana French, Paul Muldoon, and Deirdre Madden.


Staring Death in the Eye: Unnatural Causes, Pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd in conversation with Paul Carson

Sun 3 Nov | 3:30pm | Main Space | €12/10

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As the UK’s leading forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has faced serial killers, natural disaster, ‘perfect murders’ and freak accidents, all in the pursuit of the truth.
And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well-known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre.
In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.
In his bestselling memoir, Richard Shepherd gives a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short.
In conversation with international bestselling crime writer Dr Paul Carson, Shepherd will take you into his world where he stares death in the eye.


The Killer Pitch with Literary Agent Simon Trewin

Sun 3 Nov | 5pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Sam Blake chats to Simon Trewin about what catches an agent’s eye, famous hits and misses and his top ten tips for writing a killer pitch. Giving examples of pitches that worked, find out how to make your book irresistible to a literary agent.


CrimeHawks: Three Must-Reads Before You Die

Sun 3 Nov | 6:30pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Rick O’Shea quizzes bestselling authors Catherine Ryan Howard, Louise Phillips and Liz Nugent on the three books they each recommend as lifetime must reads, bring your notebooks!


Readings in the Banquet Hall:

Relax with a coffee and listen to invited authors read gripping installments from their latest books at Murder One’s own Speakers Corner – readings are free and no booking is required, come and soak up the Murder One atmosphere…

Visit Dee Kelly and Matteo Griscti @ Grálinn for tea, coffee and freshly made sandwiches. Listen to our readers in Speakers Corner as you relax and decide which events you’d like to visit or books you’d like to read, mingle with our authors as they grab their own coffee between events.

Bob Johnston and the Gutter Bookshop Team will have all authors books upstairs in the festival bookshop. Authors will be signing in the Banquet Hall after each event – if you aren’t able to attend an event there will be lots of signed copies available, just ask one of our booksellers and solve all your Christmas gift problems in one spot!

Visit the Murder One website for full festival info!