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Murder One is back with a bang this October

Murder One is back with a bang from 4th-9th October

Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival, returns from the 4th—9th of October

After two years online, Murder One is back! Packed with in-person discussions, readings and more—there will still be online access for many events.

Wherever you are, you can access a stellar programme featuring some of the world’s greatest crime writers.

Enjoy the twists

Whether it’s twists you enjoy, or a hardboiled courtroom drama, you will be
gripped by the plot as it unfolds across three days at a new venue—the stunning LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre in Dun Laoghaire.

Speakers’ Corner line-up

Speakers’ corner

With a free access ‘speakers corner’ reading area (including Books Ireland’s own contributor, Catherine Murphy) that will allow new talent to rub shoulders with seasoned authors, plus an onsite bookshop, Murder One will have you hooked from the moment you enter the building.

Crime is one of the biggest-selling genres in the book business and Ireland
boasts some of the world’s top crime writers. Murder One is run by
crime author Sam Blake, who together with festival director Bert Wright,
aspires to establish MURDER ONE on the Irish festival circuit. 

Sam Blake

A taste of what’s on

Cultural historian and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley will be discussing her
latest biography of Agatha Christie while man of the moment, Mick Herron,
talks to fellow crime author Declan Hughes about his latest novel, Bad

Ann Cleeves tells us about her latest Vera Stanhope mystery, while Steve
and Lisa Jewell also headline.

In addition to these UK visitors, the festival will showcase the cream of Irish crime writing talent with Catherine Ryan Howard, Brian McGilloway, Andrea Mara, Edel Coffey and Sinead Crowley among those appearing on a range of hot-topic panels. 

In keeping with the hybrid format extensively used during Covid, Murder One is delighted to be able to bring two US greats, Laura Lippman and Jean Hanff Korelitz, in online interviews. 

The venue

With easy access to the DART and bus routes, plus plenty of parking and restaurant options, Dun Laoghaire will be the perfect place to enjoy your favourite crime writers this autumn.

Catherine Gallagher, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Librarian said that the library is delighted to be involved this year with Murder One.

“Connecting readers and authors is a key part of what we aspire to do in dlr Libraries—and crime books are some of the most consistently borrowed and read. We look forward to welcoming audiences old and new to dlr LexIcon in October.”

Murder One is supported this year by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Dublin City of Literature.

Find out more here.