Thursday, November 15, 2018

Who Gets Your Vote - An Post Irish Book Awards!!

It is that time of year again folks, when the shortlists for the Irish Book Awards are announced, and you have a whole lot more wonderful books to add to your 'To Be Read List'!! There is a fantastic shortlist in all the categories this year, and the Irish Crime Book of the Year is no exception (listing below).

Interestingly, four crime novels also feature in the RTE Radio One Ryan Tubridy Listeners Choice Award, with three Irish Crime Writers, Patricia Gibney, The Stolen Girls, Dervla Mc Tiernan, The Ruin, and Liz Nugent, Skin Deep, alongside US author A J Finn with the Woman in the Woman, rolling in as number four. The other two in this category, are Irish author John Boyne with the Ladder to the Sky, and finally, The President is Missing, Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

You can check out the entire shortlist HERE

You can vote for your favourite book HERE

VOTING CLOSES MIDNIGHT 20th November 2018!!

 Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

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  • Skin Deep – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
  • A House of Ghosts – W. C. Ryan (Bonnier Zaffre)
  • The Confession – Jo Spain (Quercus)
  • One Click – Andrea Mara (Poolbeg)
  • The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan (Sphere)
  • Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh (Orion)


RTE Radio One - The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners Choice Award

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  • The Stolen Girls - Patricia Gibney (Bookouture)
  • The President is Missing – Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Century)
  • The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan (Sphere)
  • Skin Deep – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn (HarperCollins)
  • A Ladder to the Sky - John Boyne (Doubleday)

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Writing My Future!!!

Thank you so much to the Irish Times for including myself and our home in their fantastic THE STORY OF HOME series....

To view video, or read article please click HERE

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Crime Night - Readers Day at the Library!!

I am really looking forward to this event, so if you live in and around Ennis, do get booking!!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Homeless Hotel in Post-Production!!

One of my favourite pics above from the filming of Homeless Hotel. I can't tell you how exciting it is watching this come to life, and how very privileged I feel that my short story around Homelessness is being adapted by this amazing group of people!!
Thanks to Getter Gilden Producer for sharing.......
A big round of applause to EVERYONE, our crew, our cast, our sponsors and supporters, who has made this film come true!!! We're now in post-production!
(the list is too long to be completely included in this post, so pls wait for the film to come out)
Homeless Hotel written and directed by Hsieh Meng Han
Original short story by Louise Phillips
Fay Burwell, Myla Willson Collins, Pete Russell, Amy Dolan
Producer: Getter Gilden
Executive Producer: BODYORBIT CO. LTD. Jin Yu Chu, Zhuang Long Fei, Yu Che Chen, Wu Zheng Yan
1st AD: Edison Wu
DP: Suparawee Victor Patravanich
Production designer: Rich Wooller
Costume designer: Kate E. A.Turner
Makeup artist: Eric Rowan
Sound recordist: Max Ellis
Editor: Alice Birkin
Sound designer: Arnas Pigulevičius
Camera operators: Kanokon Tanwattana, João Luís Ribeiro
Gaffer: Tyler Caminada
1st AC: Kimberley Holmes
2nd AC: Max Boon
Spark: Francisco Morais, Frank Cheng, Mitoshka Alkova, Khan Scott-Mason
Grip/DIT: Miguel Pinto
Photographer/videographer: 林文婷
Production assistants: Ignat Ignatov, Anthoniy Hristov
Casting: Callum McClelland, Ignat Ignatov, Ruby Mutimer, Rebekah Cubbin
Location: Maria Nytun Flø, Mónica Fuentes
Fundraising consultant: 汪尚柏
Kickstarter page designer: Radhika Sawla
Social media manager: Mónica Fuentes
Marketing assistant: Alice Birkin
Script supervisor: Don McGregor
Van driver/catering manager: Hai Ngo
Cake master: Tashan Maxwell
Art department: Mohamed AlSaloom, Harry Hughes, Clare Dickson, Serin Saravanan, Anuja Khandelwal
Costume maker: Ebony Lynn
Wardrobe assistants: Sophie Blair, Paige Gregory, Fiona Currie, Lauren Lismar, Tilly Tambini Cooper
Makeup assistants: Shelby Cockram, Lucy Moore, Declan Andrew Bracken-Lamb, Chuck Hayter, Clair Pannell, Gigi Rainsbury, Rachael Britton, Megan Carter
Chaperones: Charlotte Burwell, Theresa Willson Collins

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Murder One - Serial Thrillers Launch & Link to full Festival Details

Join the MURDER ONE  team for Serial Thrillers, an evening of criminal conversation and the MURDER ONE festival official launch at

Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson Street
Thursday 20th September 2018
Free event, all welcome (there may be wine!)

In 2017, crime fiction overtook general and literary fiction to officially  become the biggest selling genre in the book trade. What is it about serial killings, police investigations and tales of domestic suspense that keep us coming back for more? Ahead of Murder One, bestselling Irish crime writers Catherine Ryan Howard and Sam Blake will be in conversation with Dr Bernice Murphy, co-director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin, in an event that’s sure to thrill all crime fiction fans.

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy , the national writing resources website Writing.ie, and the Murder One festival. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.
Her debut novel Little Bones went straight into No 1 and stayed there for four weeks, spending another four weeks in the top 10, and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. It was followed by bestsellers In Deep Water and No Turning Back. Find out more at www.samblakebooks.com or follow her on Twitter @samblakebooks

Bernice M. Murphy is lecturer in Popular Literature in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin, and a Fellow of the college. She is co-director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature and has published extensively on topics related to popular literature, especially horror and Gothic fiction and film. Her books include The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (2013), The Highway Horror Film (2014), Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction(2017), and, with, Stephen Matterson, the edited collection Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction (2018). She is the co-founder of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and is a founding member of the recently established Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS).

Catherine Ryan Howard is from Cork, Ireland and now lives in Dublin. Her debut novel, DISTRESS SIGNALS, was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, shortlisted for both the IBA Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger Award, and was optioned for TV by Jet Stone Media. Her second novel, THE LIAR’S GIRL, was released in 2018. Catherine has just completed a BA in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin as a mature student and is currently working on her third novel.

Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2, Dublin’s oldest bookstore.

For full details of the upcoming festival visit HERE

Monday, September 3, 2018


Killer Instincts


As part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL October 2018, this is an event not to be missed!
Hosted by Sam Blake, this panel discussion features some of the top British and Irish writers in the genre, including yours truly!

Joining Sam will be acclaimed writer Sophie Hannah, whose books have achieved worldwide success, crime reporter turned author Cormac O’Keeffe (Black Water), best-selling writer of the Detective Lottie Parker series Patricia Gibney (The Missing Ones, No Safe Place) and Irish Crime Novel of the Year winner Louise Phillips (Me) (The Game Changer, Last Kiss, The Doll's House & Red Ribbons).

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the national writing resources website Writing.ie, as well as best- selling author in her own right.
  • VENUE: Civic Theatre
  • TIME: Sat 13 Oct, 8:00pm
  • PRICE: €15/€12
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