Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lady Killers in Action!!!

If you enjoy crime fiction, then you will certainly enjoy this!! Described as a Killer of an Evening, if you are a Crime Fiction Lover, then BOOK THIS EVENT HERE.

"An evening under the exciting moniker Lady Killers takes place on Friday 18 with a quartet of leading female crime writers – Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips and special guest former Boulder Coroner Joanne Richardson discussing the genre." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE 


Fish Short Story Competition Is Launched!

Fish are delighted to announce that the Fish Short Story Prize has been launched with a top prize of  €3000.
Fish_logoClaire Kilroy is the judge who will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.
Clare Kilroy is the acclaimed author of 4 novels including All Summer, (recipient of the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award), Tenderwire (shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel Award), All Names Have Been Changed and The Devil I Know.
In 2002 she received an Arts Council Literature Award.
Closing Date: 30 November 2013.
Word limit is 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.
First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2014 at the West Cork Literary Festival.
Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.
Third prize: €300.
Entry fee: €20 (€10 subsequent entries).  Enter online and once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.
Results will be announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.
Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.
Visit the Fish Publishing website for the full terms and conditions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BARNARDOS - If I Was a Child Again

I know it's a little early to be talking about Christmas, but this is such an important cause that I hope you don't mind. 

I'm delighted to be part of 'If I was a Child Again' a collection of memories and inspirational words from some of Ireland's finest writers, journalists and TV personalities writing about what they would do if they could be a child again for one more day!!

To be published by Poolbeg with 100% of the royalties from the sale of this book going to Barnardos North and South - one for the stocking filler, me thinks!!

Coming soon to a bookshop near you!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kilkenny Town of Books Festival 2013

Some great images and memories from the Kilkenny Town of Book Festival before I headed off to Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat! Thanks to all involved! 

Signed copies of The Doll's House are available in Stornehouse Books, Dubray and the Book Centre Kilkenny!

Friday, September 13, 2013


I'll be disappearing into oblivion for the next week, so you'll have peace and quiet from this quarter!! I'll be in Kilkenny later today for the fab Town of Books Festival, and after that I'll be a hermit as I get back into Novel 3!! 

While I'm gone, REMEMBER I'll be starting a Crime Writing Course at the Irish Writers Centre on the 25th September...It's going to be a great course, with some very interesting guest speakers to talk about Crime Scene Evaluation and Technical issues like fingerprints, DNA, collecting evidence and all that jazz. 

There are only a SMALL number of places, so if this is for you - GET BOOKING!!! 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Goodreads Competition

If you fancy having a read of 
Add it as a 'To Read' on GOODREADS and be in with a chance to win 10 FREE copies this month???


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mslexia 2013 Women's Novel Competition

'Fiction is such a world of freedom. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.' Alice Walker

1ST PRIZE: £5,000

Judging Panel:

Kirsty Langarts journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's Front Row 
Val McDermid
award-winning novelist, journalist and short story writer 
Novel Competition 2013Charlotte Robertson
literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates
TLCThe three finalists will be offered free professional feedback by The Literary Consultancy.
The 12 shortlisted authors will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London.
The competition is open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre for adults, including literary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, chick-lit, crime fiction, thriller, historical fiction... but not nonfiction or fiction for under 13s. To constitute a novel, your book must total at least 50,000 words.

Closing date: 23 September 2013

Please note: This is NOT an annual competition. The next adult novel competition will not be until 2015 (TBC).

Thursday, September 5, 2013

EMU INK - Review of The Doll's House

Nice Review in from EMU INK -

"Phillips doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of Dublin city… she shows us the sex crime, the drug culture, and the all too often abuse of power by those in government and authority, as well as the shields under which they operate. Her characters are well crafted, the plot is interesting and well executed, and at the risk of sounding cliché, a page turner. It’s gritty and it’s dark, but at the same time hopeful. Overall this is a brilliant read. I devoured it."

Read Full Review HERE p16/17

Woman's Way - The Little Girl Who Spoke to Ghosts!

Lovely feature in this week's copy of Woman's Way! I never thought I'd be in Woman's Way magazine, but then again, I never thought a lot of things! Speaking about all kinds of stuff, including, hypnosis, regression, and tarot cards!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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