“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival

The full line-up for November’s ‘Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival’ in Trinity College (see below) has been released, and it looks very much like this:

Friday 22 November (free tickets)

7.00pm-8.30pm: ‘A Short Introduction to Crime Fiction: Why We Write It, How We Write It, and Why We Read It’.
Panellists: Jane Casey, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes, and Eoin McNamee.

Saturday 23 November (free tickets for daytime events)

10.00am-11.15am: ‘Historical Crime Fiction’.
Panelists: Kevin McCarthy, Eoin McNamee (chair), Stuart Neville, Peter Quinn, and Michael Russell.

11.30am-12.45am: ‘Irish Crime Fiction Abroad’.
Panelists: Declan Burke (chair), Jane Casey, John Connolly, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Glynn, Arlene Hunt.

12.45pm-1.30pm: lunch

1.30-3.30pm: Surprise Film Screening

3.45pm-5pm: ‘Crime Fiction and Contemporary Ireland’.
Panelists: Paul Charles, Declan Hughes, Gene Kerrigan, Brian McGilloway (chair), Niamh O’Connor, Louise Phillips.

Saturday 23 November, Closing Event

6pm (doors open 5.30), Exam Hall, Trinity College (€6 tickets)
‘An Evening With Michael Connelly’.
John Connolly will be interviewing Michael, who will be signing books, including his newest novel The Gods of Guilt, which will have its Irish launch at this event.

Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival

I’m very much looking forward to ‘Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival’, which takes place at Trinity College Dublin over the weekend of November 22nd / 23rd. It should be a terrific event, blending as it does some new voices with established international best-sellers, although the highlight will undoubtedly be John Connolly in conversation with Michael Connelly (I believe Michael slips in under FIFA’s ‘grandparent rule’; his Irish roots are to be found in north Cork, I think).
  The blurb:
Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival
Trinity College Dublin and New York University are holding a festival devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring more than a dozen of the most exciting Irish crime novelists. This will be a memorable event, devoted to a key genre of contemporary Irish writing, with a wide events, so please make plans to join us.
  Among the confirmed participants are Declan Burke, Jane Casey, Paul Charles, John Connolly, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Kevin McCarthy, Brian McGilloway, Eoin McNamee, Niamh O’Connor, Louise Phillips, Peter Quinn, Michael Russell and Stuart Neville.
  We’re particularly pleased to announce that our weekend will conclude with a major event: for the Irish launch of his newest novel, The Gods of Guilt (Orion Books, November 2013), Michael Connelly will be interviewed by John Connolly.
  For all the details, including how to book tickets for the Michael Connelly event, clickety-click here


Ellen Clair Lamb said...

That looks fabulous. Hope it's standing room only! I'm sending a delegation...

Declan Burke said...

Thanks kindly for the advance warning, Clair. We are erecting barricades as you read this ...

Niall Kavanagh said...

Hi Declan,
This looks great but just wondering if the Exam Hall is the same location that was used for the recent PD James talk. The sound was very bad and most of the hall could not hear the discussion until the handheld mics were handed out. Just thought I'd mention it as don't want to miss a word from the mouth of crime legend Mr Connelly!
Keep 'em coming, love these talks!

Declan Burke said...

Hi Niall - That's fair comment, sir, and we were made aware of the issues regarding the acoustics after the PD James talk. As I understand it, steps have been taken to ensure there won't be a repeat. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

Niall Kavanagh said...

That's good to hear Declan. Thanks for the reply.
Looking forward to the festival.