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Crimewriters Panel: Declan Burke, Louise Phillips, Arlene Hunt & Andrea Carter



Louise Phillips is an author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, “The Doll’s House”, won the award. She teaches creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, and last year, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her first novel, “Red Ribbons”, was also published in the U.S., with “The Doll’s House” due for publication this August. A judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award, she has been the recipient of both arts bursaries and writing residencies. She is currently working on her latest novel.

Declan Burke is the author of “Eightball Boogie” (2003), “The Big O” (2007), “Absolute Zero Cool” (2011), “Slaughter’s Hound” (2012), “Crime Always Pays” (2014) and “The Lost and the Blind” (2014). “Absolute Zero Cool” won the Goldsboro Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012.                                                                              Declan is also the editor of “Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century” (2011), the co-editor, with John Connolly, of “Books to Die For” (2013), and the editor of “Trouble is Our Business” (2016).

Arlene Hunt is a unique voice in Irish crime fiction. Her dark and atmospheric stories perfectly capture the grimy underworld of Dublin and beyond. She began writing at the age of 27, and produced her first novel, “Vicious Circle”, within the year. This book was eventually published by Hodder Headline at the end of April 2004. Her second novel, “False Intentions”, introduced two characters, John and Sarah of QuicK Investigations, who were set to become a regular part of Arlene’s work, and was published in May 2005.
Arlene Hunt lives in Dublin with her husband, daughter, German Shepherd and a one-eyed cat.
She is currently a reviewer for RTE’s Arena and her books have been translated into 5 languages. She is also working on a novel for UK Publisher BookOutre, entitled “The Sweethearts Killer”.

Andrea Carter grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois. She graduated in law from Trinity College, Dublin before qualifying as a solicitor and moving to the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitors practice in the country for a number of years. In 2006 she transferred to the Bar and moved to Dublin to practise as a barrister.
Carter writes a series of crime novels set in Inishowen published by Little, Brown. “Death at Whitewater Church” was published in September 2015 and “Treacherous Strand” in June 2016. “The Well of Ice” will be published in October 2017.