The Crime Writers’ Association

Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival

dlr LexIcon Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 H283

Brought to you online for the past two years, Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival is back with a bang from 4-9 October with a host of in person and online events at a new venue, Dun Laoghaire’s stunning dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre just south of Dublin in Ireland.

For those of you who can’t travel, many of the events will be live-streamed online and there are several online-only events including a masterclass with CWA board member and ex-police Chief Super Graham Bartlett, plus online interviews with US greats Laura Lippman and Jean Hanff Korelitz.

All tickets can be booked, for in person and online events, at

Cultural historian and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley, will be discussing her biography of Agatha Christie while man of the moment, Mick Herron, talks to fellow crime author Declan Hughes about his latest novel, Bad Actors. CWA Diamond Dagger recipient Ann Cleeves will be discussing her latest Vera Stanhope mystery, while Steve Cavanagh and Lisa Jewell also headline.

In addition to these UK visitors, the festival will showcase the cream of Irish crime writing talent with Catherine Ryan Howard, Brian McGilloway, Andrea Mara, Edel Coffey and Sinead Crowley among those appearing on a range of hot-topic panels.

So whether it’s twists you enjoy or a hardboiled courtroom drama, you will be gripped by the plot as it unfolds across three days at Dun Laoghaire’s LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre. With a free access ‘speakers corner’ reading area that allows new talent to rub shoulders with seasoned authors, plus an onsite bookshop, MURDER ONE will have you hooked from the moment you enter the building. With easy access to the DART and bus routes, plus plenty of parking and restaurant options, Dun Laoghaire will be the perfect place to enjoy your favourite crime writers this autumn.

Crime is the biggest-selling genre in the book business and Ireland boasts some of the world’s top crime writers, Uniquely, MURDER ONE is run by bestselling crime author and CWA board member Sam Blake, who together with festival director Bert Wright, has established MURDER ONE on the Irish festival circuit.

Sam Blake explains, “Murder One is supported this year by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries as well as The Arts Council and Dublin City of Literature – it’s a festival all about readers and post pandemic, when reading became such an important distraction, we want to re-introduce you to the irreplaceable experience of live author events while retaining an online presence to widen access for those who find it difficult to attend festivals.”

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