Page to stage: ‘Murder One’
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)