Michael Clifford

LEADING crime writers will be in the dock next week for two very special late nights of murder and intrigue in the old Bantry Courthouse as part of the West Cork Literary Festival which opens on Sunday next and runs to July 14th.

On the night of Wednesday, July 11th, Michael Clifford will read from his thriller Ghost Town and Liam Ó Muirthile will read from Sceon na Mara (Terror of the Sea) while Friday night sees crime writing duo, Nicci French, read from their work.

Michael Clifford is a reporter and columnist with the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Times and is the author of Love You to Death: Ireland’s Wife Killers Revealed and co-author of Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia and Scandal Nation.

Much of his working life has been spent in the criminal courts and tribunals and this event will find himself in court again – reading from his tightly written debut thriller.

Liam Ó Muirthile is from Cork and after a brief stint in Gael-Linn, he moved to RTÉ. He left to devote his time to creative writing in Irish.

His first collection of poetry, Tine Chnámh won the Ó Riordáin Prize at the Oireachtas.

He was won with the Irish-American Cultural Foundation Prize, the Butler Award, the Arts Council Prize and Gradam Chló Iar-Chonnacht for his poetry collection Walking Time and Other Poems.

His novel Ar Bhruach na Laoi won the major fiction award in the Oireachtas (1995). His latest novel is Sceon na Mara a detective novel set on the East Coast of Ireland.

Nicci French

Nicci French is actually a married couple, Sean French and Nicci Gerrard, who write separately as novelists and journalists, and who together have written 14 best-selling psychological thrillers.

Their latest – the first in a planned octet – is Blue Monday and introduces Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist and a detective of the mind.

They live in the UK and have four children.

The West Cork Literary Festival Courtroom Readings take place in Áras Beantrí, Bantry, on the nights of Thursday, July 11th at 10.45pm and Friday, July 13th at 10.30pm.

Tickets priced at €8, are available on the night or through westcorkliteraryfestival.ie.