Wee County, Big Book Club 2019

Critically acclaimed and award winning crime novelist Liz Nugent will be in Louth this September for an in-conversation event on her book 'Skin Deep', which has been chosen to anchor the Wee County, Big Book Club 2019 series of events. The programme, which will take place in venues across Louth in September and October, aims to get adults and children reading, thinking and talking.

The crime genre plays a big part in this year's programme for adults, with Liz Nugent at the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda on Friday 6th September, and author Louise Phillips leading a creative writing course focused on crime, with sessions taking place throughout September and October. Bookings for Liz Nugent can be made on https://www.droichead.com/ with bookings for Louise Phillips to open in mid-July.

Words Ireland will facilitate library sessions on Wee County, Big Book Club in September:

  • Tuesday 24th September: Dundalk Library, 6pm.
  • Thursday 26th September: Ardee Library, 3pm.
  • Thursday 26th September: Drogheda Library, 6pm.

The Droichead Arts Centre, in association with The Irish Writers Centre, will host a new creative writing course in crime writing with Irish author Louise Phillips, author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Red Ribbons, The Doll's House, Last Kiss and The Game Changer were each nominated for 'Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year'. The sessions will be held in Barlow House, Narrow West Street, Drogheda from Monday 16th September to Monday 21st October, from 6.30pm 8.30pm.

Creative Spark will also run a one-off crime writing workshop in September to support Wee County, Big Book Club. Details will be announced on www.creativespark.ie. Children are also encouraged to take part in Wee County, Big Book Club events with a reading through illustration workshop at An Táin Arts Centre in Dundalk on Saturday 14th September. Aimed at 6-12 year olds, the free event will be held from noon to 1pm and will be led by local artist and designer Orla Barry. Based in Bridge Street Studios, Dundalk, Orla Barry's work is inspired by spiritual symbolism, mysticism, surrealism, fairy tales, patterns and a search for perfect colour combinations. Participants will be guided by Orla Barry to make and illustrate a mini book in an hour.

Liz-Nugent-head-shot_  Louise Phillips