Duration 60 Mins

Susannah Dickey and Mark O’Connell will discuss our cultural obsession with the true crime genre and its ethical implications, with Sinéad Gleeson. Susannah Dickey’s debut poetry collection ISDAL focuses on the case of the ‘Isdal Woman’, posing an inquiry into society’s fascination with female victims. In A Thread of Violence Mark O’Connell interrogates the nature of crime writing as he investigates one of the most notorious cases in Irish history.

Susannah Dickey is a writer from Derry. She is the author of two novels: Tennis Lessons (2020) and Common Decency (2022). Her debut poetry collection, ISDAL, was published in 2023 by Picador. 

Mark O’Connell is a writer from Dublin. His first book, To Be a Machine, won the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. In 2019, he became the first ever non-fiction writer to win the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His second book, Notes From an Apocalypse was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize. His most recent book, A Thread of Violence, was published in 2023. He is a contributor to the New York Review of Books, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker.

Event Location

An Taibhdhearc

19 Middle St, Galway, H91 RX76

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The main auditorium is step free, and there are accessible toilet facilities. There are two accessible parking spaces either end of Middle Street and three spaces on Saint Augustine Street opposite. There is a Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use