Some of the motley crew from last week's Crime Writing Course at the Irish Writers Centre!!




There will be another 10 week course starting on the 29th September - 6.30 - 8.30 every Thursday evening.


For further information click HERE

Here are a few dates for the diary. Hopefully I’ll catch up with some of you at an event or two!
 25th & 26th June 2016 – Dublin Writers Conference
21st – 24th July 2016 – Harrogate Crime Festival
15th – 19th Aug 2016 – Intensive Crime Fiction Course IWC
End Sept 2016 – Launch of Irish Fiction Anthology
Trouble is our Business, New Island
4th October 2016 – Book Club Maynooth Library
Early October 2016 – Trip to San Francisco for festival
15th – 16th October 2016 – Dalkey Festival
29th October 2016 – 10 Week Irish Crime Fiction Workshop Irish Writers Centre
End October 2016 – Trip to Phoenix Arizona for festival
Early November 2016 – Launch of Red Ribbons in the US
12th November 2016 – Leaves Literary Festival

 DUBLIN WRITERS CONFERENCE - 24th to the 26th June 2016


 Dublin Writers Conference 1



The Dublin Writers Conference will take place later this month and extra seats have been made available!!!


Judging by the success of last year's event, this conference is quickly becoming a key date on the literary calendar.  


I'm honored to be joining the list of professional speakers and workshop facilitators this year, so if you fancy taking part, I'll look forward to seeing you there.


There are a wide range of seminars and workshops available, and flexibility with bookings too, whether you are available for one day or two.....



You can check it out HERE for more details...





 The workshop I will be doing is....





This module will look at how best to begin your story, including getting that killer opening line. It will examine the role of character/characters in your fictional world, concentrating on truly engaging the reader by creating memorable ones. Pace and impact are crucial components of fiction writing, and during this session we will explore the ideal means of establishing solid pace and impact in your work. The right pacing and the the correct impact, both critical components, will have your reader turning the pages, keeping them hooked throughout. Pacing defines the speed and rhythm at which a story is told, pulling the reader through events, whilst the correct impact has the power to captivate, entertain and inspire your reader. 


Looking forward to chatting with the lovely Nessa O'Mahony as part of the ATTIC SESSIONS, as she takes on crime fiction on the double, with myself and the wonderful Paul Perry. Recording 24th May for broadcast 28th May......



Attic Sessions with Paul Perry


If you're close by, it would be great to see you at this terrific event, with fellow crime writers John Connolly, Andrew Pepper and Richard Godwin....


Bluecoat Crime Event


(Saturday 16th April 2016 - 1.00 PM - 6.00 PM)

How do we account for the continued popularity of crime fiction? Is it the immediacy with which it can reflect the concerns and obsessions of society? Or the safe place it offers from which to explore the darker sides of humanity? Or that the narrative propulsion of a tightly-woven crime plot can be a source of licensed thrills, pleasure and comforting reassurance?

Contemporary crime fiction encompasses an extensive range of thematic concerns, literary styles and distinctive settings. Join crime writers for conversations about their work, influences and current perspectives on the genre starting with a reading by award-winning author John Connolly.

For tickets visit