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Come And Join Me: Upcoming Events 2024

Join best selling authors Sam Blake and Brian McGilloway in conversation as they discuss their latest novels, revealing what it’s really like “killing for a living” and what makes a great read!

Sam Blake is the No 1 bestselling author of ten novels, including Three Little Birds, described by Liz Nugent as ‘Griptastic!’, which is out now. Sam has been shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year three times for her adult crime novels, and her 2023 YA debut Something Terrible Happened Last Night was shortlisted for Irish YA Book of the Year and the Great Reads Awards.

Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve crime novels, including the Ben Devlin and the Lucy Black mystery series. His latest standalone novel, The Empty Room, was a Sunday Times bestseller while his previous, The Last Crossing, won Highly Commended in Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021.

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A full days events and at 2pm – In conversation event chaired by Hilary McCollum with Anna Ganley & Sam Blake – New Management Committee Chair, SoA, in conversation on topics such as AI, author incomes, sustainability, connecting authors etc + Q&A from audience.

This hybrid conference will bring together writers, illustrators and literary translators to find inspiration, support and community. Hosted in person at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast and livestreamed to online participants, this will be a day of panel discussions, talks and networking opportunities to help you to build your career as an author. Hear how other authors have established themselves and their tips for success. From AI to sustainability, find out how the publishing industry is changing and what this means for you.

Not sure if London Book Fair is for you? Been before and felt overwhelmed? Ahead of London Book Fair, register for our #SoAatHome industry insider, Making the most of London Book Fair for insights on how authors can make the most of their time during the three-day eventThis online event will be chaired by our Head of Events, Sophia A Jackson, who will be joined by SoA Chair and writer Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, also known as Sam Blake, writer Margaret Skea and LBF director Gareth Rapley.  Sign up here. It’s free for all. 

The SoA are supporting London Book Fair with their new Author’s Lounge – an exclusive space for authors to network or take some time away from the show floor during their visit to LBF. We will be speaking at, and chairing, several of LBF’s Writers’ Summit, Main Stage, and Author HQ sessions – see below. Themes include making the most of your publishing experience, finding your writing village, neurodiverse stories, and sustainable publishing. View the full programme via this link

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Date: Friday 22nd March
Time: 6.30pm


Crime author and barrister Imran Mahmood chats to Irish bestseller Sam Blake and ex chief superintendent, bestselling crime writer Graham Bartlett, about getting inside a crime scene and how they bring it to the page with heart stopping accuracy.

The 2024 festival will be online, and held from 17th-19th April and 22nd-24th April.

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Date: Friday 26th April
Time: 11am
Venue: The City Library, Grand Parade, Cork

Tickets: FREE

The acclaimed author Sam Blake has ventured into the realm of Young Adult fiction. Her latest work in this genre, Something Terrible Happened Last Night, has garnered attention for its intriguing plot and well-crafted characters. Young adult readers are invited to discover how suspense, mystery, and compelling characters are developed in this session with Sam.

Date: Saturday 27th April
Time: 10am
Venue: The City Library, Grand Parade 
Tickets: Free

Agents Polly Nolan and Simon Trewin in conversation with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin.

Find out in this in-depth conversation what is required in a submission package and how you can increase your chances of success. Find out the most commonly made mistakes and why following guidelines is imperative.

Date: Saturday 27th April
Time: 11.30am
Venue: The City Library, Grand Parade 
Tickets: Free

The ten selected writers read their first page to the agents and the room to receive feedback from the agents. If you’re shy, Sam Blake will read your pitch.

It is incredibly useful to hear pitches and the openings of books and what the agents think of them. Even if your work isn’t selected to be read, it’s also a great opportunity to tune in to perfect your own approach, find out what works and what doesn’t! You also never know what will happen as a result – Olivia Hope pitched at our festival a few years ago and she’s now a published author.

Date: Saturday 27th April
Time: 2pm
Venue: The City Library, Grand Parade 
Tickets: Free

Lynda’s debut novel, Last Chance In Paris, was published by Eriu on 7 February 2024. It was inspired by visits to Paris, the city of love. In 2022, Lynda attended a ‘meet-the-agent’ event at Cork World Book Fest. There, she met an agent, Polly Nolan. Polly liked the book and Lynda got a two-book deal; the second novel will be published this time next year. Polly Nolan will be giving advice again at this year’s Cork World Book Fest.

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Don’t miss this day-long seminar covering all the ins and outs of publishing including what’s hot, what’s not, and how to get your big break. Whether you are ready to submit, in the middle of your book, or only starting, The Insider’s Guide to Publishing will give you invaluable tips and advice to improve your chances of success.

At this 10th edition of The Insider’s Guide to Publishing, we’ll be joined by six top literary agents, two leading Irish editors, two debut authors, and the mastermind behind – Europe’s biggest writing resource website – for a crash course in everything you need to know to get your door in the door of the literary world.

This seminar will run from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM; our four panel discussions will be:

Session 1 – The Agent Game
Session 2 – The Perfect Pitch
Session 3 – Inside Editing
Session 4 – Making Your Big Break

All attendees will be provided with refreshments throughout the day as well as a catered lunch on the grounds of the beautiful Merrion Square Park, included in the ticket price. Upon booking a ticket, you will be emailed a copy of the day’s schedule along with your ticket for entry.

Successful applicants to Date With An Agent will have their agent dates during Session 2; you will be notified in advance of your time slot

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Date: Sunday 2nd June
Time: 1pm
Venue: TBC
Tickets: TBC

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Date: Tuesday 18th JUNE 2024,
Time: 7pm to 8pm

Open to all. Hosted online using Zoom Meetings. 

Tickets: Free, but booking required


The Really Popular Book Club is Cambridge University Libraries’ book group. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss a really popular book with the group, library staff, and an expert on the novel. Hosted on Zoom, the book club is completely free and open to everyone, people attend from all over the world. 

The Really Popular Book Club celebrates the huge range of books at Cambridge University Library. We have more than 8 million books and as a legal deposit library we keep a copy of every book published in the UK, and have done since 1710.

Gone Girl reignited the psychological thriller genre, spawning hundreds of ‘domestic noir’ novels in its wake. The chilling story of a missing wife, Gone Girl’s husband and wife protagonists remain the touchstone for unreliable narrators. Discussed by bestselling Irish suspense thriller writer Sam Blake.  

If you haven’t attended one of our book club events before, you can find more information at

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2024,
Time: 1pm
Venue: Online using Zoom Meetings. 

Vanessa will discuss exactly what the industry is looking for – what’s hot and what’s not – and how best to submit your work. She will show you what you need to do to attract a publisher and build your author platform – and explain exactly what that is. This webinar will give you concrete ways to improve your pitch, ideas on where to submit and give you a thorough understanding of how the business works in a relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can ask all those tricky questions.