Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival Friday 28th October to Sunday 30th

Fiona from the Something Wicked Crimewriting Festival sent out the details of their awesome events this year:

Murder comes to Malahide on the October bank holiday weekend in the form of the Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival, which runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th. Over the course of the three days, there will be something for all ages interested in crime, crime fiction and children’s books.
On Friday October 28th a panel of bestselling authors will discuss how they write about murder and violent crime. The panelists are Alex Barclay (Darkhouse, Blood Runs Cold), Sam Blake (Little Bones) and Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait) and will be hosted by Bert Wright (Administrator of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards). The event will be held at Malahide Lawn Tennis Club at 7:30pm. Tickets €12.50*/€15 (*early bird)
‘Malahide Murder Morning’ takes place on Saturday Oct 29th. This is a forensics and crime scene

Liz Nugent

workshop where participants will witness the procedures and protocols following the discovery of a dead body. They will also learn how to write authentic crime fiction. The workshop will be led by Forensic Anthropologist René Gapert, Deputy State Pathologist Linda Mulligan and Garda Vanessa Stafford, with actor and screen writer Paddy C. Courtney acting as host. Award winning crime novelist Arlene Hunt (Vicious Circle, The Chosen, The Outsider) will complete the line up, as she discusses how to incorporate the panelist’s information into a crime novel. The three-hour workshop takes place in the Malahide Parish Centre at 10am. Tickets €20*/€25 (*early bird)

Manor Books on Church Road will be the venue for ‘Killer Kids’ at 11am on Sunday October 30th. Best selling author Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark) will host a workshop for children, who will learn the art of story telling through the medium of crime fiction. Tickets €5.
Tickets available on and Manor Books, Malahide.
For further information contact

FRIDAY 28th OCT 2016
PANEL OF AUTHORS biographies and headshots:

Alex Barclay

Alex Barclay studied journalism in college, and went on to work as a journalist and copywriter

before writing her first novel, Darkhouse, a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She won the inaugural Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for Blood Runs Cold, the first in the Ren Bryce series. She lives in County Cork, Ireland.

Sam Blake
Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group

Sam Blake

publishing consultancy and the national writing resources website Her debut novel, Little Bones spent eight weeks in the Irish top 10, with four weeks in the Number 1 slot. Introducing feisty young detective Cat Connolly, in the first of this thriller trilogy what appears to be a routine break-in has devastating consequences when Cat finds a baby’s bones concealed in the hem of a vintage wedding dress. 

Liz Nugent
Liz Nugent is the writer of two number one bestselling novels, Unravelling Oliver, published in 2014 and Lying in Wait, published in July of this year. Unravelling Oliver has been optioned by ITV Drama for a six part series and won the Crime Fiction of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards, while Lying in Wait is currently the subject of a bidding war between film companies.
Prior to working as a full time novelist, Liz worked in the theatre as a Stage Manager for many years, and in TV drama for RTE. She has also been an award-winning writer for TV and radio. Liz won the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary from the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and has just returned from a month as Writer in Residence at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

Hosted by

Bert Wright
Bert Wright has worked as a bookstore manager; marketing manager; book festival director; and freelance book marketing consultant.  He is currently Administrator of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book awards and Events Curator for the DLR Voices Series, The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and the Dublin Festival of History.

SATURDAY 29th OCT 2016

René Gapert
René is a freelance Consultant Forensic Anthropologist in Ireland. He trained as a Medical Dissector/Prosecutor in Berlin, Heidelberg and Düsseldorf in Germany and pursued

doctoral research studies in Forensic Anthropology and Human Anatomy at University College Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Gapert holds a PhD in Forensic Anthropology/Anatomy and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Radiography. He is an accredited Forensic Anthropologist under the UK Justice System and has over 20 years of experience in the dissection of the structures of the human body and 14 years of experience in the examination and analysis of human remains in forensic and historical contexts.


Dr. Linda Mulligan

Dr. Linda Mulligan was appointed Deputy State Pathologist in September 2016 on completion of 2 years specialist forensic training.  During this time she obtained the Diploma of Forensic Medical Sciences and the Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology).  In 2014 she had completed her specialist training in Histopathology in Dublin during which she obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK).  She began her medical career in 2002 having graduated from medicine at University College Dublin.

Arlene Hunt

Arlene Hunt is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories. She is the co-owner of

Portnoy Publishing and a regular contributor and reviewer for RTE’s culture show, Arena. She lives in Dublin and is currently working on her ninth novel. When not working she spends a lot of time running long distance with her GSD, Archer.

Hosted By

Paddy C. Courtney
Paddy C. Courtney is an actor and writer from Malahide. He retired from a career in stand up

comedy in 2011 to concentrate on acting and writing. He wrote regular columns for The Herald, The Irish Independent, The Irish Field and The Huffington Post. His screen writing credits include the multi IFTA nominated six part comedy drama ‘Paddywhackery’ for TG4, ‘Lean On Me,’ a short film for The Irish Film Board and 100 episodes of ‘Dig In Diner’ for RTEjr. His acting credits include ‘Houdini & Doyle’ for FOX TV, ‘Shameless’ for Channel 4 and ‘Inspector George Gently’ for BBC.

  SUNDAY 30th OCT 2016

Dave Rudden
Dave Rudden enjoys cats, adventure and being cruel to fictional children. He is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Knights of the Borrowed Dark.
Ever wanted to tell a scary story? A story so chilling it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and milk curdle for a hundred miles? Join award-winning author of Knights of the Borrowed Dark Dave Rudden as he teaches the art of awful and the secret of scariness, as well as structure, character and everything you need as an aspiring author.

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