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Murder One Crime Writing Festival

A stellar cast of crime and thriller writers have been lined up for a new crime writing festival taking place in Dublin in November Murder One will feature a host international authors including Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Lynda La Plante, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Mick Herron and Robert Goddard together with many of your favourite Irish crime writers including Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney, Jo Spain, Karen Perry, Sam Blake and many more.

A three-day long weekend crime writing festival running from 2 – 4 November, Murder One will also feature readings and interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, a speakers’ corner and forensics and writing workshops. Murder One will be a broad church which will aim to accommodate the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction.

International bestseller, Michael Connelly will open the festival with a special preview event on October 28th at 2.00pm in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Thereafter the main programme takes place in Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, from 2nd – 4th November.

International bestseller Lynda La Plante brings 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 and be briefed on the crime of the day, inspired by Lynda’s newest thriller Murder Mile. Lynda herself will be interviewed by Niamh O’Connor on Saturday 3rd November, talking about Murder Mile and the Steve McQueen movie due out in November, based on her novel Widows.



Dublin One City One Book 2019 Choice: The Country Girls Trilogy

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is pleased to announce that The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2019.

Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

Published by Faber & Faber,  this volume is introduced by Eimear McBride, and includes The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in Their Married Bliss, which changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s and inspired generations of readers and writers. The passion, artistry and courage of Edna O’Brien’s vision in these novels continue to resonate into the 21st century.

Edna O’Brien said: “I worked in Dublin as an apprentice pharmacist from 1948 to 1952, so it’s where I first encountered literature and set out on the very secret and profane matter of writing The Country Girls Trilogy.”

A full programme of events will be announced in March 2019.  See

Books on Writing Book Club with Elizabeth Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy will be running a Books on Writing book club for the remainder of her Dublin City of Literature residency. 

August’s Books on Writing book club pick is ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott. They will meet on Tuesday 28th of August in Pearse St Library at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this. 

All readers and writers are welcome to join. 

Email: for any further info. 


Writers! The wonderful Granada City of Literature has announced its 2018 Writers in Residence Programme.
Run in partnership with the University of Granada, the purpose of this programme is to strengthen international partnerships in the arts sector in general and in the field of writing in particular.
Deadline 20 Sep 2018. Find out more here and get applying


Recent Newsletters – What we’ve been up to!


A Celebration of the 2018 Shortlist

Save the Date – Words on the Street 2018

Special Bookclub Offer

Exciting Dublin One City One Book Events 2018

Exciting Dublin One City One Book Events 2018

March Newsletter 2018

February Newsletter + Upcoming Events 2018

January 2018 Newsletter Part 2

January 2018 Newsletter

December Newsletter 2017 + Upcoming Events

Bookclub Special Offer

A Night Before Christmas DLR

November Newsletter 2017 + Upcoming Events

Readers Day – Dublin Book Festival 2017

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award and Longlist

October 2017 Newsletter + Upcoming Events

August 2017 Newsletter + Upcoming Events

June 2017 Newsletter

Paul Beatty in conversation with Rick O’Shea

May 2017 Newsletter + Events Info

Metro Éireann | Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics Fourth Annual Intercultural Writing Competition 2018

We are delighted to promote the fourth annual Metro Éireann and Kenan Institute for Ethics Writing Competition!

This competition is for ages 14-21 with cash prizes as well as an awards ceremony in Dublin. Submissions are invited from young people all over Ireland and are due July 29th at midnight. This year’s theme is centred on ethics and intercultural diversity.
Full details below!

2018 Intercultural Writing Competition

BOOKS ON WRITING Book Club with Elizabeth Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy will be running a Books on Writing book club for the remainder of her Dublin City of Literature residency. 

August’s Books on Writing book club pick is ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott. They will meet on Tuesday 28th of August in Pearse St Library at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this. All are welcome. Email if you have any queries. 

All readers and writers are welcome to join. No booking required.

Email: for any further info. 

Prague UNESCO City of Literature Writers‘ Residencies 2019

Prague, our sister UNESCO City of Literature, are launching their 2019 Writers Residency and want to hear from Irish writers!

Prague City of Literature offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. There are six residencies available for 2019, each lasting two months. Prague City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of 600 euro per month.

All the information is on their website: including the application form.


• Cultural interest in the location
• Basic knowledge of English language
• At least one published literary work (not a private edition) or two broadcast or published radio dramas or one carried out or published theatre play or at least one translated work of a Czech author
• Willingness to participate in the local literary life (author readings, meeting students, talks, activities arranged by the receiving institution or connected to the cultural events of the city)
• Work on writing during the stay
• Authors who have already received the scholarship can’t apply again
• The Resident undertakes that, in the course of the residency stay or no later than within 2 months from its termination, he/she will provide the Municipal Library in Prague with the text inspired by the stay that the Municipal Library in Prague, through the project “Prague City of Literature“, will be authorized to use to promote Prague’s residencies. The Municipal Library in Prague will enter into a licence agreement with the Resident
for the purpose of using the text in electronic as well as printed version.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, August 31, 2018, 12 am CET

Waterford Poetry Prize 2018

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Waterford Writers Weekend, curated by Rick O’ Shea, 26th to 28th October 2018 during the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford city.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019. 2nd prize €300.  3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 4pm on Friday 10th August 2018.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts

The Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts takes place this weekend 21st to 24th June in Kells, Co. Meath. Literature, sport, history, cookery, politics, journalism, architecture, the law, music, travel, security feature in the programme. In addition to literary guests such as Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Lisa McInerney, Liz Nugent, Frank McGuinness, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Harding and John McKenna, the Rick O’Shea Book Club will feature for the first time. Rick will be discussing Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen with four onstage critics – the authors themselves will talk about their best-selling book on Saturday morning.