National Crime Reading Month

Sam Blake and Louise Phillips in Conversation.

Republic of Ireland

Event Type:in conversation
Event Organiser:Bray Library, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Booking Link:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sam-blake-and-louise-phillips-in-conversation-tickets-349516652717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Ticket Price:Free

Bray Libarary
Eglinton Rd,
Co. Wicklow

Venue accessibility:

Wheelchair ramp, ground floor level

Bray Library is delighted to host Irish crime writing authors Louise Phillips and Sam Blake for National Crime Reading Month in June.

Louise Phillips is a bestselling author of six psychological crime thrillers, each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year in the prestigious Irish Book Awards. The Doll’s House, her second novel, won the award. In 2016 she was longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award in the UK, and her first two novels were published to critical acclaim in the U.S. Her fifth novel, The Hiding Game, is currently in development with a major U.S. film company, and her latest novel, They All Lied, was published in March 2022. As well as being the mastermind behind Crime Scene at Writing.ie, Louise teaches crime fiction workshops throughout Ireland, including the Irish Writers’ Centre.


Sam Blake has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks, and she had an idea for a book. Originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, she now lives in Ireland, at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. In 2016 her runaway bestselling debut novel Little Bones launched the Cat Connolly trilogy.

Moving away from police procedurals, Sam is now writing psychological thrillers for Corvus Atlantic, with a focus is on strong female characters. Her latest bestseller Remember My Name hit the No 1 slot in January 2022 and was in the top ten in Ireland for six weeks.

Sam founded and runs the Murder One International Crime Writing Festival and Writing.ie, the award winning writing resources website. She is a board member of the Society of Authors and the CWA. Sam Blake is a pen name for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, who was previously the Chair of Irish PEN and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

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