Events

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 a 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.


02 SEPTEMBER - FRIDAY | EVENING | OPENING !!
PJ Coogan to open & interview Alex Barclay & Liz Nugent
PRICE PER TICKET: €25 
BOAT IN: 5PM - Return at 8.15pm

A fantastic eveing on Spike Islane with renowned authors Alex Barclay and Liz Nugent  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.

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.



03 SEPTEMBER - SATURDAY | DAY
Crime writing workshop with Kevin Doyle 
PRICE PER TICKET: €60 - 
BOAT IN: 12.30pm boat in - Return at 4.30pm.

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.



03 SEPTEMBER - SATURDAY | EVENING EVENT
Headline - John Connolly & Mark Binningham
PRICE PER TICKET: €25 
BOAT IN: 4PM - Return at 7pm. 

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.


04 SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY | DAY
Screenwriting workshop with Philip Davison (12 people max)
PRICE PER TICKET: €60 - Includes boat, tour and 2.5 hours approx in screen writing workshop.
BOAT IN: 12:30pm, return at 4.30pm.

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.



04 SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY | EVENING
Michelle Dunne & Andrea Mara
PRICE PER TICKET: €25 
BOAT IN: 5pm - Return 8pm.

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.



About the Authors


 

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/


Tadhg Coakley
is from Mallow and lives in Cork city. His debut novel The First Sunday in September (2018) was shortlisted for the Mercier Press Fiction prize. Whatever It Takes was chosen as the 2020 Cork, One City One Book. Everything (a sports autobiography, which he co-wrote with its subject, Denis Coughlan) was picked as one of the 2020 sports books of the year in The Sunday Times, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Times. The Game: A Journey into the Heart of Sport (2022) was described by Donal Ryan as a ‘towering work’. Tadhg’s short stories, articles and essays have been widely published.
www.tadhgcoakley.ie


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/


Cónal Creedon
is an award winning novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker.

www.conalcreedon.com


Amy Cronin
is a writer from Cork, Ireland. She is a fan of thrillers and crime novels, and her love of suspense and plot-twists flows into her writing. Blinding Lies is Amy’s debut novel and is the first part of a trilogy. It is available online and in paperback in all good bookshops. It was a #1 bestseller in the Amazon Northern Irish Crime category, and #7 in the online Irish Crime category, as well as a WHSmith bestseller. The follow-up, Twisted Truth, is available now online and the paperback will be available in bookshops soon.


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.


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


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.


Catherine Kirwan
grew up on a farm in the parish of Fews, County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor. Her first novel, Darkest Truth, was chosen as Cork’s One City One Book by Cork City Libraries in 2019. Her current book, Cruel Deeds, is out now from Hachette Ireland.


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.


Liz Nugent
is a writer of award-winning psychological suspense novels Unravelling Oliver (2014), Lying in Wait (2016), Skin Deep (2018) and Our Little
Cruelties (2020). All four books topped the Irish bestsellers list and Liz has won multiple literary awards. Her books have also been optioned for screen adaptations.
Liz’s books have been translated into 16 languages and she has also written extensively for radio and television in drama and animation.
In Oct 2017, Liz won the Irish Woman of the Year Award for Literature and in February 2021, she was awarded the James Joyce medal by the Literary Historical Society of UCD.