Page to stage: ‘Mur­der One’

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an­tic­i­pated a real mur­der on the morn­ing of the work­shop that would have them some­what tied up.

Mur­der One will be all about imag­ined mur­der, in­trigue and ex­pe­ri­ence — and our au­thors have in­cred­i­ble tales to tell. I’m dy­ing to hear Peter James, a BAFTA win­ning pro­ducer of 25 films be­fore he be­came an in­ter­na­tional best­seller; I’ll have my note­book ready — any­one who has sold 19m books knows a thing or two.

I’m fas­ci­nated by foren­sics and State Pathol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Dr Marie Cas­sidy has helped me hugely with the Sam Blake books, so I’ll be lis­ten­ing in­tently to Val Mc­der­mid and Pro­fes­sor Sue Black.

One of the el­e­ments of the fes­ti­val I’m most ex­cited about is a free in­ter­ac­tive work­shop — Lynda La Plante’s CSI Mur­der Room. A team of ex­perts from Think Foren­sic will be demon­strat­ing tech­niques in­spired by Lynda’s lat­est novel Mur­der Mile. She won’t be tak­ing you through your paces her­self, but she will be chat­ting to Ni­amh O’con­nor on the Satur­day evening (Novem­ber 3).

It will be a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion — the new Steve Mcqueen movie, Wid­ows, is based on her book of the same ti­tle.

Writ­ing and event plan­ning are both about let­ting your creative mind run free, about grow­ing an au­di­ence and de­vel­op­ing ideas.

For me, Mur­der One is also an op­por­tu­nity to hear from leg­endary au­thors like Michael Con­nelly who will be ap­pear­ing at our thrilling pre­view event next Sun­day in City Hall.

Smock Al­ley Theatre is the stage where the leg­endary David Gar­rick first played Ham­let, and the per­fect venue for the main fes­ti­val which runs here from Novem­ber 2-4.

To­day I’m plan­ning the set to give ev­ery dis­cus­sion the right at­mos­phere — if any­one has a spare skele­ton in their closet please give me a shout.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets go to www.mur­derone.ie

Vanessa Fox O’lough­lin (au­thor Sam Blake), co-di­rec­tor of Dublin’s crime writ­ing fes­ti­val ‘Mur­der One’ (in­set)

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