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Boyle Arts Festival 2017


Sinéad Gleeson, Christine Dwyer Hickey & Nuala O’Connor at Boyle Arts Festival 

 | Tickets €8

King House, Military Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in GrantaBansheeWinter PapersGorse and Autumn. Her short story ‘Counting Bridges’ was longlisted at the 2016 Irish Book Awards. In 2015, she edited “The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers”, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, and in 2016, “The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland”, which won in the same category. She is currently working on a collection of non-fiction and also a novel. She presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1.

Christine Dwyer Hickey has published seven novels, one short story collection and a full length play. “The Cold Eye of Heaven” won the Kerrygroup Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the IMPAC Award. “Tatty”was nominated for The Orange Prize and was one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade. “Last Train from Liguria”was nominated for the Prix L’Européen de Littérature. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines world-wide and have won several awards. Her first play “Snow Angels” premiered at the Project Arts Theatre Dublin in 2014, to critical acclaim. Her novels have been translated world-wide. Her latest novel, “The Lives of Women” was published in 2015 and the American edition will be published this summer.

Nuala O’Connor AKA Nuala Ní Chonchúir , born in Dublin, she now lives in East Galway. Her fifth short story collection “Joyride to Jupiter” will appear from New Island in 2017. Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, “Miss Emily”, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. “Miss Emily”was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and is currently longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, “Becoming Belle”, is forthcoming. She is working on her fourth poetry collection.

The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers


Trouble Is Our Business: Crime Writers Panel at Boyle Arts Festival

 | Tickets €8

Family Resource Centre, Military Rd, Knocknashee, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Louise Phillips is an author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, “The Doll’s House”, won the award. She teaches creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, and last year, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her first novel, “Red Ribbons”, was also published in the U.S., with “The Doll’s House” due for publication this August. A judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award, she has been the recipient of both arts bursaries and writing residencies. She is currently working on her latest novel.

Declan Burke is the author of “Eightball Boogie” (2003), “The Big O” (2007), “Absolute Zero Cool” (2011), “Slaughter’s Hound” (2012), “Crime Always Pays” (2014) and “The Lost and the Blind” (2014). “Absolute Zero Cool” won the Goldsboro Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012.

Declan is also the editor of “Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century” (2011), the co-editor, with John Connolly, of “Books to Die For” (2013), and the editor of “Trouble is Our Business” (2016).

Arlene Hunt is a unique voice in Irish crime fiction. Her dark and atmospheric stories perfectly capture the grimy underworld of Dublin and beyond. She began writing at the age of 27, and produced her first novel, “Vicious Circle”, within the year. This book was eventually published by Hodder Headline at the end of April 2004. Her second novel, “False Intentions”, introduced two characters, John and Sarah of QuicK Investigations, who were set to become a regular part of Arlene’s work, and was published in May 2005.
Arlene Hunt lives in Dublin with her husband, daughter, German Shepherd and a one-eyed cat.
She is currently a reviewer for RTE’s Arena and her books have been translated into 5 languages. She is also working on a novel for UK Publisher BookOutre, entitled “The Sweethearts Killer”.

Andrea Carter grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois. She graduated in law from Trinity College, Dublin before qualifying as a solicitor and moving to the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitors practice in the country for a number of years. In 2006 she transferred to the Bar and moved to Dublin to practise as a barrister.

Carter writes a series of crime novels set in Inishowen published by Little, Brown. “Death at Whitewater Church”was published in September 2015 and “Treacherous Strand” in June 2016. “The Well of Ice” will be published in October 2017.

Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers

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