Gothic Literature for adults

A writing workshop with author Joe Murphy
Adults. Friday 4th November, 7.00pm to 9.00pm. €15 per person. Bookings: 086 3027602 or
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Explore the art of gothic writing with Joe Murphy:
  • Styles, Genres and Interests
  • The Role of Research
  • Character and Plot Development
  • Gothic Fiction - Form and Purpose
  • Getting the damn' thing Finished
  • Getting the damn' thing Published
Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher.

Joe has written two novels with Liberties Press, 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We’ll Cross and Dead Dogs. His third, I am in Blood, was published by the O’Brien Press in 2015.

I am in Blood
A multi-layered, Gothic tale of obsession and bloodshed set in modern-day and Victorian Dublin.
Present day: Seventeen-year-old Nathan Jacob’s interest in real-life crime leads him to a series of horrific murders committed in Dublin’s red-light district, The Monto, in the late nineteenth century. As he delves deeper into this grisly mystery, someone – something – begins to speak to him through the pages of time. Something half-formed and dark; something that draws Nathan and his bloodline back to Victorian Dublin and the horrors that took place there.
1890: Sergeant George Frohmell of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is under pressure. His beloved, bedraggled city has become the hunting ground for a faceless monster, a creature that preys on the poor and vulnerable, leaving them butchered in back alleys. As the death toll increases and the violence moves ever nearer to his own heart, Frohmell must find his man – or lose everything.

Enjoy a relaxed evening with local author Lorne Patterson including readings from his latest book Hour of the Witch

Adults. Thursday 3rd November from 7-9pm. €6 per person.
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The witch-hunts failed. Now it’s their time.
Now it’s their turn.
A police probe into the strange death of a sexual predator leads Detective Sergeant Jamie McFadden, ex-Army hard man and now a divorced, isolated burn-out, to Haven. To the outside world the secluded Scottish clinic is a place of physical and spiritual recovery, but as McFadden soon discovers, Haven’s history runs deeper and darker than anyone could possibly imagine…

‘Hour of the Witch’ is a story of the witch-hunts told from ‘the other side of the hill’, that is, viewpoint of the persecuted. Against a historical back-drop of religious atrocity and the lingering gender malice and injustice still pervasive today, it a tale of obsessive, timeless vengeance - and its consequences. 
‘Hour of the Witch’ is an e-book out on Kindle (free through the Kindle Library system until Halloween). Link to Amazon page:

Lorne is a Co Longford-based psychiatric nurse and community educator who has worked in a number of countries, including Britain, the United States, South Africa and Russia. A past runner-up in the Sean Ó Faoláin short-story competition, he has been included in several anthologies, and his novella on mental illness and its treatment, Bad Blood (Wordsonthestreet Publishers, Galway) published to critical acclaim. 

Author Panel

Joe Murphy and Lorne Patterson will join Ruth Frances Long on the author panel for a question and answer session on Saturday 5th November at 11am. Ages 10+ and adults, €4 per person.

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