Blood on a Plate - 2013 Series of Great Writing Great Places

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Blood on a Plate 2013 Series of Great Writing Great Places

Dublin City Council’s library service through its UNESCO City of Literature office has great pleasure in launching the annual GreatWriting Great Places series. This series brings writers and audiences into unusual venues around Dublin city centre.

Blood on the Page is thefirst of five events in the 2013 autumn series, and takes place in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, on Tuesday 24th September at 6.30pm.

From Sweeney Todd in the penny dreadfuls to Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance in The Strand, nineteenth century popular magazines created a thirst for blood and a passion for mystery that is still strong today. Join authors John Curran, AndrewHughes and Michael Russellas they discuss their influence on modern crime writers.  

'Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to bring writers and audiences together in some of the city's most historic buildings - many of which are not normally open to the public. We are especially thrilled to welcome best-selling author PD James to Dublin for a once-off event in Trinity College on the 8th October to talk about her book Death Comes to Pemberley and her life-long passion for Jane Austen.” said Jane Alger, Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Admission is free to most events but due to the high demand for tickets last year booking is essential. A maximum of 4 tickets per person is permitted. Tickets may be booked at 01 674 4862 or by Email:

This project is supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, and the Department for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Notes to the Editor:

Titles in the Series


Blood on the Page

Tuesday 24th September @ 6.30pm

Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Admission Free. Booking essential as spaces are limited. Maximum of 4 tickets per person.

Tel: 01 674 4862 Email:

This is a historic building so please ask about accessibility when booking.


The Participants

John Curran was born in Dublin and is a lifelong Agatha Christie fan. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter and acted as a consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha's Devon home. John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin. His book Agatha Christie Murder in the Making is a follow-up volume to the Edgar-nominated and Agatha Award-winning Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks. John is currently doing his PHD on the golden age of crime writing.


Andrew Hughes was born in Co. Wexford and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTE before going freelance. It was while researching his acclaimed social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he first came across the true story of John Delahunt that inspired this, his debut novel The Convictions of John Delahunt. Andrew now lives in Dublin.


Michael Russell read English at Oxford before spending the next three years working in farming in North Devon, trying to get someone to pay him to write. He worked for Yorkshire Television as a script editor, on Emmerdale Farm, working his way up to Series Producer. He also spent two years in the Drama Department, first as Script Consultant then Producer, before leaving ITV to write full-time. He is a regular contributor to Midsommer Murders and recently scripted the last ever Touch of Frost which topped the ratings. He left to become a full-time television writer, before finally writing what he had started out intending to write, a novel. City of Shadows was published in 2012.


Death Comes to Pemberley

Tuesday 8th October @ 7.00pm

the Public Theatre (Exam Hall), Front Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Admission free. Booking essential. Maximum of 4 tickets per person. Doors close at 6.50pm sharp. Tel: 01 674 4862 Email:


The Participants:

PD James was born in Oxford in 1920. Her first book was published when she was in her late thirties. She is the author of 20 books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast in the United States and other countries. Many of her books, including A Taste for Death, The Murder Room and Devices and Desires, feature Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

She spent 30 years working in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain's Home Office.

In 2000, at the age of 80, she published her autobiography Time to Be in Earnest. She has won awards for crime writing in several countries including Britain, America and Scandinavia. She was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Declan Burke has published four novels to date: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011) and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool was shortlisted in the crime fiction section for the Irish Book Awards 2011, and received the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He is also the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011), and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2012). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called ‘Crime Always Pays’.


Oscar, Lady Wilde and Merrion Square Booked Out

Tuesday 22nd October @ 6.30pm

American College Dublin/Oscar Wilde House, No. 1 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Admission free. Booking essential as places are limited. Maximum of 4 tickets per person. This is a historic building so please ask about accessibility when booking.


The Participants:

Jarleth Killeen studied English Literature and History for a TSM degree in Trinity College Dublin, gaining his B.A. (Hons) in 1998. He went on to write a doctoral thesis on the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde in University College Dublin.

Dr Killeen’s primary research interest lies in the literature and culture of Victorian Ireland and England, but he also has experience of teaching and writing on areas outside this specialism. He is committed to research and teaching in the areas of Children’s Literature and Gothic Literature, and on the relationship between religion and literature.


Dublin On A Plate

Monday 4th November @ 6.30pm

Brasserie Le Pont, 25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. Admission €26 (includes main course, desert, tea/coffee) Booking essential before 4pm on Friday 1st November. Tel: 01 2226800 Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm


The Participants:

Biddy White Lennon is a freelance journalist specialisng in food, hospitality and tourism. She has published numerous food books including her latest Wild Food: How To Gather, Preserve & Cook. She was a founder member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild. She is one of the judges on The Great Irish Bake Off which will air on TV3 this Autumn

Gillian Nelis is a native of Drogheda in Co. Louth. She has worked at the Sunday Buisness Post since the mid-1990s, and is currently the newspaper's managing editor. She edits Bite Size, a two-pate food news section which appears each week in the Sunday Business Post magazine, as well quarterly food specials. She also regularly contributes food-related stories to the paper's news pages.

Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell loves to bake -it's as simple as that! On her blog ( she charts her trials, tribulations and triumphs as she embarks on a journey into the world of new recipes and the adaptation of old ones. She has been writing her blog since September 2009 it was a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 Irish Blog Awards. Her first book Like Mam Used To Bake was published by Mercier Press this month.


Looking at the Stars

Tuesday 19th November @ 6.30pm

The Royal Society of Antiquaries, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Admission free. Booking essential as places are limited. Maximum of 4 tickets per person

Tel: 01 674 4862 Email:

This is a historic building so please ask about accessibility when booking


The Participants:

Sarah Griffin is 25 years old and currently living in San Francisco after completing the MA in Writing in NUIG. She has performed her work on stages all over Ireland, as well as abroad and her poetry and prose have been included in numerous literary journals and cultural magazines: in April 2011 she was chosen to travel to New York as a performance poet as part of the Glór Sessions in association with Culture Ireland. Before leaving Ireland she was Writer in Residence in Collinstown Community College, Clondalkin. Her memoir of her first year in San Fransisco Not Lost was published by New Island in October 2013. She is a regular contributor to RTE Arena and the Irish Times Generation Emigration series.

Elizabeth Reapy, 28, is from Mayo. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, is a Pushcart Prize nominee and edits one of the leading online magazines showcasing new and young talent. In 2012, she was the Exchange Irish Writer to Varuna Writers' House, Australia. The Arts Council awarded her a 2013 Literature Bursary to complete her debut short story collection, and in 2013 too, she compiled and edited the 30 Under 30 collection (Doire Press). In 2013 she was shortlisted in the International Pen New Voices competition.

Stephen James Smith is a poet, playwright from Dublin. He has won the Cúirt International Literary Festival Poetry Grand Slam and numerous other awards. His ABSOLUTE Fringe play ‘Three Men Talking About This They Kinda Know About’ (co-written with Colm Keegan & Kalle Ryan) was shortlisted for the Bewley’s ‘Little Gem Award 2011’.

Stephen is at the heart of poetry and spoken word in Ireland through his organisation of The Glór Sessions a weekly event of poetry and music.

In  2011 he was invited by Culture Ireland to recite in the iconic Nuyorican Poetry Café New York. ‘Arise and Go!’ his debut album with musician Enda Reilly was selected by Hot Press as one of the best albums of 2011. In 2012 he was invited to perform his poetry in Frankfurt, Paris and in London where he was invited by The Irish Olympic House to perform for the Irish Olympians.

He has been translated into six languages and published all over the globe.  A regular contributor to RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts Show Arena he has also featured on RTÉ’s The Works.