Red Line Festival takes a chilling trip to the dark side with riveting new Crime and Horror Strand

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A jump fright in a horror movie or crime thriller might scatter your popcorn but what does it take to truly terrify you?  For many, the answer is words. Words have the power to unveil demented minds with descriptive gore and unleash personal terrors locked away in our own imaginations. With this in mind, this year’s Red Line Festival on October 13th to 16th has a most exciting series of Crime and Horror events and writing workshops across several venues including The Civic Theatre, Casement Aerodrome (Baldonnell) and many more.  All of the events can be booked on 

On Thursday October 13th at 7pm, Lucan Library hosts ‘Tales from the Fraud Squad’ with Willie McGee in conversation with Seoirse Dunbar. Former Superintendent McGee, Head of the Garda Fraud Squad will recount extraordinary stories of elaborate forgeries, outrageous insurance scams and intricate crimes.

On Friday October 14th at 7pm bestselling and award-winning crime author, Louise Phillips will host an online crime writing workshop via Zoom titled ‘Unleash your dark side’ and on Saturday October 15th at 4pm at The Civic Main Space, bestselling crime fiction authors Sam Blake, Catherine Ryan Howard, Louise Philips and E.V.Kelly will discuss the inspirations behind their books at a fascinating event titled ‘Criminal Intent’.

At the Civic Studio Theatre on Saturday October 15th at 5pm, authors Ruth Gilligan, Conner Habib and Maura McHugh present ‘Horror in Ireland: Past, Present and Future and at 7pm Jarlath Killeen will explore the large number of horror films made in or set in Ireland, many of them best considered within the ‘folk horror’ genre.

True Crime has never been more popular in Ireland! On Saturday October 15th at 8pm, join true crime superstar Paul Williams, Ex-State Pathologist Marie Cassidy and Private Investigator Patrick Marry a chilling and riveting discussion around crime in Ireland.

On Sunday October 16th at 3pm, Authors Dean Ruxton and Liz Gillis present ‘Death on Ireland’s Eye: The Victorian Murder Trial that Scandalised a Nation’ in the curious environs of Casement Aerodrome (Baldonnel).   On Sunday October 16th at 7pm Jamie Bartlett presents ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’ at The Civic Main Space. He tells the unbelievable story of the rise, disappearance and fall of Dr Ruja Ignatova- a modern tale of intrigue, techno-hype and herd madness that reveals how OneCoin became the biggest scam of the 21st Century.

The Red Line Festival is produced by South Dublin Libraries and Arts at South Dublin County Council offering a programme of events and workshops in in six different strands: As Gaeilge, Literary, Sport & Wellbeing, Music & Performance, Crime & Horror and Family.  The festival appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms.   See for the full programme of events taking place across all venues 

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