Friday 22 March 2019

Malahide crime writing workshops hosted by authors

Two days of workshop events presented by the 'Something Wicked' crime writing festival, will take place in Malahide next month, featuring some local talent in the genre.

September 12 and 13 will see the two-day event open in Malahide, starting with a workshop for kids aged nine and over with Skerries writer, Shane Hegarty.

Author of Darkmouth, Shane Hegarty, pictured, will thrill and enthral young budding authors with his insights into how he creates his characters and puts a story together and will perform a reading of an extract of Darkmouth.

Shane Hegarty was born and raised in Skerries, where he now lives with his wife and four children. He is a journalist with the Irish Times, and Darkmouth is his first novel.

Shane will be at the parish centre at St Sylvester's Church in Malahide on September 12 at 11am.

The following day, award-winning Swedish crime novelist, Arne Dahl comes to the Graham Bell Suite at the Grand Hotel in Malahide at 3pm for a conversation with Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin.

Arne Dahl is an award-winning Swedish crime novelist whose books have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into over twenty languages.

He has written a series of crime novels about a fictional group of Swedish crime investigators, called 'A Gruppen' in Swedish and 'The Intercrime Group' in the first English translation.

The first five books were made into 180-minute films, screened as two 90-minute episodes per story.

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin is the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and Ireland's leading literary scout. She writes crime as Sam Blake.

She is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland for (almost) more years than she lived in the UK.

Sam's debut novel is coming Spring 2016 from Bonnier's new Twenty7 imprint.

The three-book deal for UK and Commonwealth rights was agreed between publisher Joel Richardson and WME London's Simon Trewin.

Something Wicked is a Malahide-based arts organisation which organised events focused on crime fiction around the town.

Something Wicked held its first event in March when it hosted a crime writing master class delivered by author, Louise Philips. Find out more at

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