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Spike Island Literary Festival

The inaugural  SPIKE ISLAND LITERARY FESTIVAL is now on sale for the weekend of 02nd - 04th September 2022!  Dedicated to the popular theme of crime writing, visit an island location perfect for inspiring writers, with our dark history of 4 prisons over 400 years.  Lucky attendees can further their knowledge and writing skills with a series of author talks and workshops, suited to all genres and storytellers..  While every visitor also gets to enjoy a very special 'writers tour' on arrival, with a focus on the writers, criminals and crimes associated with this historic island. 

  

You can choose from several great event formats:

Author speaking events - where authors share their experience and advice in a relaxed setting, inspiring budding authors to achieve their goals.  Includes a special tour on arrival.  

Crime Writing workshop - Join seasoned published author Kevin Doyle for a deep dive into writing in this exciting genre.  Small class size and includes tour on arrival.

Screen writing workshop - Writing for the screen has its own challenges, but incredible rewards!  Learn the secrets  at this insightful afternoon in a small group size with Philip Davison.  

Meet the publisher - Submit your synopsis and opening chapter in advance and receive advice from the people who really matter - the experts who will decide if your book is published.  Small group size and tour included in this afternoon visit.  

 

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Events

€25.00 Spike Island Literary Festival Friday 5pm: An evening with Alex Barclay & Liz Nugent Spike Island Literary Festival Friday 5pm: An evening with Alex Barclay & Liz Nugent Spike Island Literary Festival

A fantastic eveing on Spike Islane with renowned authors Alex Barclay and Liz Nugent  interviewed by broadcaster PJ Coogan.

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

This will be a really intimate event with limited numbers in attendance. A unique oppourtunity to get such an insight into the minds of two of Ireland's foremost thriller writers.

Liz Nugent is a bestselling writer of award-winning psychological suspensenovels. Her books have been optioned for screen adaptations and have also beentranslated into 16 languages. She has also written extensively for radio and television in drama and animation.

Alex Barclay’s first two crime novels feature NYPD homicide detective, Joe Lucchesi, and the six novels that followed feature bipolar FBI agent, Ren Bryce. She also writes for screen, and is currently developing an original crime series for television. Alex was born in Dublin, and lives on the Beara peninsula in Cork, where she’s set two of her most recent books – the psychological thriller, I Confess, and her debut novel for teens, My Heart and Other Breakables, published in 2022 by Harper Collins. Also In 2022, her YA crime debut, Rock Paper Killers, was published by Simon & Schuster under the pseudonym Alexia Mason

 

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€25.00 Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday 4pm: An evening with John Connolly &  Mark Billingham Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday 4pm: An evening with John Connolly & Mark Billingham Spike Island Literary Festival

A fantastic evening on Spike Island with renowned authors John Connolly & Mark Billinghamin in conversation.

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

This will be a really intimate event with limited numbers in attendance. A unique oppourtunity to get such an insight into the minds of two of Ireland's foremost thriller writers.

John Connolly:

Internationally bestselling author of 30+ books, including the Charlie Parker novels, The Book Of Lost Things, The Samuel Johnson Adventures and more. Find out more at https://www.johnconnollybooks.com/

Mark Billingham:

Mark is an Actor, television writer, comedian and international bestselling author of the Tom Thorne series. With nineteen books in the series, the first two became a six part TV series, Thorne which originally aired on Sky One. Find out more at https://uk.markbillingham.com/

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€60.00 Crime Writing Workshop with Kevin Doyle Sunday 12:30pm Crime Writing Workshop with Kevin Doyle Sunday 12:30pm Crime Writing Workshop with Kevin Doyle

A fantastic afternoon on Spike Island with renowned author Kevin Doyle giving an intimate crime writing workshop

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

This will be a really intimate event with limited numbers in attendance. A unique oppourtunity to get such an insight into the mind and writing methods of one of  Ireland's foremost thriller writers.

Kevin Doyle is the author of two novels, To Keep A Bird Singing and A River Of Bodies. He co-wrote (with Spark Deeley) the illustrated children’s book, The Worms that Saved the World. A widely experienced creative writing teacher he is currently chairperson of the Irish Writers Union. More at www.kevindoyle.ie

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€60.00 Screenwriting Workshop with Phillip Davison Saturday 12:30pm Screenwriting Workshop with Phillip Davison Saturday 12:30pm Screenwriting Workshop with Phillip Davison

A fantastic afternoon on Spike Island with renowned author Phillip Davison giving an intimate screenwriting workshop

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

This will be a really intimate event with limited numbers in attendance. A unique oppourtunity to get such an insight into the mind and writing methods of one of  Ireland's foremost writers.

Philip Davison has been described by Bob Geldof as “Ireland’s best-kept secret”; his work has been compared by the Irish Indepedendent with that of John le Carré and Graham Greene. His most recent novels are Quiet City and Eureka Dunes, both published by Liberties Press. A TV adaptation of his novel The Crooked Man, starring Ross Kemp, was broadcast on ITV. He has written twelve plays for radio, and has co-written two television dramas, Exposure and Criminal Conversation, and Learning Gravity, a documentary film on poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch. His play The Invisible Mending Company was performed on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock stage.

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€25.00 Spike Island Literary Festival Sunday 5pm: An evening with Michelle Dunne & Andrea Mara Spike Island Literary Festival Sunday 5pm: An evening with Michelle Dunne & Andrea Mara Spike Island Literary Festival: An evening with Michelle Doyle & Andrea Mara

A fantastic eveing on Spike Islane with renowned authors Michelle Dunne & Andrea Mara  interviewed by broadcater PJ Coogan.

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

Michelle Dunne is a writer from Cobh who has used some of her own experiences in the Irish Army and as a UN Peacekeeper to write her debut thriller, the first in the Lindsey Ryan series, While Nobody Is Watching which is currently in development for television. Her follow-up book, The Invisible was published in April 2022.

Andrea Mara is a Sunday Times and Irish Times Top Ten bestselling author, who has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the An Post Book Awards. Her most recent novel, All Her Fault, was Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, a top ten bestseller in the UK and in Ireland, and a Kindle Top 5 bestseller. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and three children, and also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog, OfficeMum.ie.Her new crime novel, Hide And Seek, will be published in August 2022. 

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€25.00 Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday 12:30pm: Meet the Publisher Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday 12:30pm: Meet the Publisher A rare opportunity to meet face to face with one of Ireland's most renowned publishing houses, Liberties Press. Receive feedback on your work and  tips on how to make your work...

A rare opportunity to meet face to face with one of Ireland's most renowned publishing houses, Liberties Press. Receive feedback on your work and  tips on how to make your work stand out to publishers.

On arrival visitors will be given a guided tour with the focus on murder mystery and the darker tales of Spike Island. On arrival to the Fortress itself there will be time  to enjoy a tea/coffee before the event begins.

Attendees will be invited to submit a synopsis & opening chapter of their work in progress to sean@libertiespress.com in advance of the festival and he will give feedback anonymously on the day. Anyone submitting should put "Spike Island Submission" in the subject line. Please do not submit work if you have not bought a ticket

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€25.00 Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday/Sunday12:30pm Author readings and Behind the Scenes Spike Island Literary Festival Saturday/Sunday12:30pm Author readings and Behind the Scenes Spike Island Literary Festival

SATURDAY 03rd & SUNDAY 4th - 12.30pm

PRICE PER TICKET: €25
BOAT IN: 12.30pm - Return 4.30pm

Join us on this very special literary visit for a behind the scenes tour followed by readings from authors in unique areas.  Once you step off the 12.30pm ferry your guide will share the unbelievable tales of our murderers and notorious criminals.  Many have inspired writers to put pen to paper, and will discuss the resulting books.  Then we head underground through the Spike Island tunnels, where prisoners were held in the 1800's.  Normally off limits to day tours, see a side of the island normally never seen.  Then join amazing authors for readings in incredible settings, like prison cells, artillery gun parks and more.  Tour and reading complete, you are free to explore the rest of our amazing island! 

Saturday - 12.30 sailing.

Reading 1 - Catherine Kirwin

Reading 2 - Amy Cronin

Reading 3 - Philip Davison

 

Sunday - 12.30 sailing.

Reading 1 - Tadgh Coakley 

Reading 2 - Cónal Creedon

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The inaugural  SPIKE ISLAND LITERARY FESTIVAL is now on sale for the weekend of 02nd - 04th September 2022!  Dedicated to the popular theme of crime writing, visit an island location perfect for inspiring writers, with our dark history of 4 prisons over 400 years.  Lucky attendees can further their knowledge and writing skills with a series of author talks and workshops, suited to all genres and storytellers..  While every visitor also gets to enjoy a very special 'writers tour' on arrival, with a focus on the writers, criminals and crimes associated with this historic island. 

  

You can choose from several great event formats:

Author speaking events - where authors share their experience and advice in a relaxed setting, inspiring budding authors to achieve their goals.  Includes a special tour on arrival.  

Crime Writing workshop - Join seasoned published author Kevin Doyle for a deep dive into writing in this exciting genre.  Small class size and includes tour on arrival.

Screen writing workshop - Writing for the screen has its own challenges, but incredible rewards!  Learn the secrets  at this insightful afternoon in a small group size with Philip Davison.  

Meet the publisher - Submit your synopsis and opening chapter in advance and receive advice from the people who really matter - the experts who will decide if your book is published.  Small group size and tour included in this afternoon visit.  

 

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