Gerard Brennan’s short stories have been featured in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and Belfast Noir. In 2011, he co-edited a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths, Requiems for the Departed, which won the Spinetingler Award for best anthology. Brennan’s “The Point” won the 2012 Spinetingler Award for best novella.
He graduated from the MA in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012 and completed his creative writing PhD in 2017. Disorder is his fourth novel, following Wee Rockets and Fireproof (both 2012) and Undercover (2014).
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Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel.
This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers. Her most recent book, Let the Dead Speak, was acquired by HarperCollins at auction.
Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in London with her husband and two children.
Awards and Accolades:
Winner of the 2019 AN Post Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year for “Cruel Acts”
Winner of The Edgar Award’s Mary Higgins Clark Award 2015 for The Stranger You Know.
Winner of the Irish Book Award’s Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year Award for After the Fire.
Winner of the Best Debut Fiction category at the Crimezone Thriller Awards 2011 for The Missing.
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Award’s Crime Novel of the Year Awards in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017 for The Missing, The Reckoning, The Stranger You Know, The Kill, and Let the Dead Speak respectively.
Shortlisted for the Edgar Award’s Mary Higgins Clark Award 2013 for The Reckoning. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2016 Short Story Award for “Green, Amber, Red.” Shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 in the Best Police Procedural category for Let the Dead Speak. Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2013.
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Arlene Hunt is an Irish author, film reviewer and co-owner of Portnoy Publishing. She has written eleven novels, the latest of which is No Escape published by Hachette in February 2020. She has recently finished a novel for young adults, not yet published, and is currently working on new crime fiction novel. A long-distance runner, when not writing Arlene can usually be found halfway up a mountain with two German Shepherds for company.
Liz Nugent had several careers before turning her hand to writing. She was, among other things, a buyer for a construction company, a welfare office civil servant, a theatrical stage manager and a story associate on a tv soap opera.
In early 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was published. It went straight to the top of the bestsellers list and also won the Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Television rights for Unravelling Oliver have been optioned by Appian Way, Leonardo Di Caprio’s production company in Los Angeles.
Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was published in July 2016 and also went straight to number 1. It won the RTE Radio 1 Listener’s Choice prize at the Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for Crime Novel of the Year. On its UK release in January 2017, Lying in Wait went straight into the UK bestseller list and was chosen for the hugely popular Richard & Judy Bookclub Spring 2017 list and won the Reader’s Choice award for that season.
In 2015, Liz was the inaugural winner of the Jack Harte Bursary courtesy of the Irish Writer’s Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In 2016, Liz was the Writer in Residence at the Princess Grace Library in Monaco. In Oct 2017, Liz won the Irish Woman of the Year Award for Literature.
Liz’s third novel, Skin Deep, was published in Ireland in April 2018, hit the number 1 spot and spent five months in the top ten bestsellers list.
Her fourth novel, Little Cruelties, will be published by Simon & Schuster in the USA in August 2020.
She has written stories for children, radio plays, tv dramas and has good intentions to write a stage play very soon. Liz’s books have been translated into 16 languages.
Curator: Elizabeth Mannion a/k/a Sarah Jane McKenna
Elizabeth Mannion is the editor of The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel and co-editor of Guilt Rules All: Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction. Beth’s teaching and research focus on theater and an interdisciplinary range of Irish Studies, from revivalist drama to contemporary crime fiction.
She ran away from scholarly pursuits for a couple of years and founded Dreaming in Irish, an editorial consulting firm that takes its name from the first volume in the Kate Doyle cozy series, penned by Beth’s alter ego, Sarah-Jane McKenna. Both Dreaming in Irish and its sequel, Traces of Irish, will be available in the Celtic Noir tent throughout the festival. She teaches in New York City and is currently completing a book on the playwright Wallace Shawn.