Penguin Random House Ireland has today announced its inaugural crime writing festival, Dead in Dun Laoghaire, in partnership with The Irish Times. The festival will take place over one day on Saturday 22nd July at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. With a stellar line up of international bestsellers and home-grown talent, the festival is a must for all fans of crime fiction.
Kathy Reichs – international bestseller, world class forensic anthropologist and the inspiration behind the hit TV series Bones – will be launching her brand new standalone thriller, Two Nights, featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.
Fans of Irish authors won’t want to miss prize-winners John Banville and Stuart Neville discussing their new crime novels Prague Nights and Here and Gone, and what it’s like to write under the pen names Benjamin Black and Haylen Beck. Another pair of prize-winners, bestsellers and book club favourites, Liz Nugent and Karen Perry, will be discussing their latest books along with the challenges of getting inside the head of a psychopath and exploring the dark worlds to which their novels take them.
Michael McLoughlin of Penguin Random House Ireland said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome a rare visit from two of the biggest international names in crime writing today and to celebrate the abundance of talent right here on our doorstep. It’s wonderful to be partnering with The Irish Times to launch Dead in Dun Laoghaire and we hope to see it become an immediate highlight of the Irish literary calendar.”
Martin Doyle of The Irish Times said: “Crime fiction is hugely popular with our readers, reflected in the columns of our crime-writing reviewers Declan Burke and Declan Hughes. We look forward to running features by the authors and interviews, starting this Saturday with Paula Hawkins.”
Tickets and full details for each event are available from the Pavilion Theatre box office and website.