Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Friday, March 13, 2009

“I CSI Dead People …”

Vanessa O’Loughlin of Inkwell gets in touch to say … well, why don’t I let Vanessa tell you? To wit:
“For those of you who are new to Inkwell, I run one workshop exclusively for those on the mailing list (not detailed on the website) - the Inkwell CSI Workshop (21st March) which is run in conjunction with An Garda Siochana. The Scenes of Crimes guys from Dun Laoghaire will this year be recreating the discovery of a body and walking you through an investigation step by step, giving you a chance to see forensics close up, to check out their box of tricks and to ask all the questions that have been bothering you. A must for crime writers and anyone writing intrigue, dark romance or a thriller.
  “Sandra Mara (top right), Ireland’s first female PI and author of NO JOB FOR A WOMAN, will also be joining us. As with all workshops, it is €175 for the full day (9.00-4.30), including lunch, the Inkwell Tips pack and all your writing materials. If you’ve any questions or queries, do get in touch, this workshop will not be run again until 2011. So book now!”
  You heard the woman … Meanwhile, Critical Mick has hatched the latest in his inexhaustible list of cunning plans. Mick? What’s the big idea?
“In the past four years of unruly reviewing and author interviewing, Mick has collected a groaning bookshelf of Irish fiction and non-fiction titles signed by their authors. Starting with six well-known works, these will be auctioned into the hands of fellow book fans in March 2009, all in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.”
So there you have it. Good books for a good cause. How can you possibly resist?

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