Houses of Character: A One Dublin One Book Event

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Houses of Character: A One Dublin One Book Event

Authors Andrew Hughes and Sam Blake discuss drawing room intrigue, revelry, romance, and buried secrets in historic fiction.

By Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

When and where

Date and time

Wednesday, April 26 · 6:30 - 7:30pm IST


Goethe-Institut Irland 37 Merrion Square East D02 XK52 Dublin 2 Ireland

About this event

In the wonderful surrounds of the Goethe-Institut, a splendidly refurbished Georgian house in Merrion Square, Andrew Hughes will be joined by author Sam Blake to discuss the atmosphere, sense of place, and plot inspiration provided by grand old houses in historical fiction.

Andrew Hughes is a qualified archivist who worked for RTÉ before going freelance. It was while researching his social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he came across the true story of John Delahunt, a Victorian murderer and Dublin Castle informer, which inspired his debut novel. The Convictions of John Delahunt was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter, a tale of a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science, is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2023.

Sam Blake is the No 1 bestselling author of the Cat Connolly procedural series and bestselling psychological thrillers Keep Your Eyes on Me, The Dark Room, Remember My Name and The Mystery of Four. She's been shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year three times and 2023 sees the release of her much anticipated YA debut Something Terrible Happened Last Night. Sam is the founder of the Murder One International Crime Writing Festival and the award winning writing resources website

*Please note this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

About the organizer

Dublin is the fourth UNESCO City of Literature, one of 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide.

With four Nobel prize winners (Yeats, Beckett, Shaw and Heaney), a brace of universities of global distinction in Trinity and UCD, over half a dozen books festivals, the internationally prestigious Dublin Literary Award and a world class new city library in the planning, it is without doubt that Ireland’s capital has words in its blood.

The Literature designation is one of seven designations within the Creative Cities Network.

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