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Blackwatertown

Blackwatertown
  • Author(s): Paul Waters
  • Location(s): Armagh, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Tyrone
  • Genre(s): Historical, Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s

When maverick police sergeant Jolly Macken is banished to the sleepy 1950s Irish border village of Blackwatertown, he vows to find the killer of his brother – even if the murderer is in the police. But a lot can...

Mother Mother

Mother Mother
  • Author(s): Annie Macmanus
  • Location(s): Belfast
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER ‘A brilliant book…that explores the brutal legacy of addiction and the consequences of a deep grief left to stagnate’ SARA COX ‘A work of gilded melancholy that is going to take everyone by...

The Good Son

The Good Son
  • Author(s): Paul McVeigh
  • Location(s): Belfast
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn’t a good thing in his part of town. Despite having a dog called Killer and being in love with the girl next door, everyone calls him ‘gay’. It doesn’t help that his best...

Siren

Siren
  • Author(s): Annemarie Neary
  • Location(s): Belfast, Cork (County)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s and mid 2000s

A dark and suspenseful psychological thriller about the slippery nature of truth in post-conflict Ireland, and a redemptive story of a woman claiming back her own identity. Róisín Burns has spent the past twenty years becoming someone else; her...

Undertow (Inspector Celcius Daly)

Undertow (Inspector Celcius Daly)
  • Author(s): Anthony Quinn
  • Location(s): Ireland, Northern Ireland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A policeman’s suicide leads Inspector Celcius Daly across the Irish border and into a labyrinth of lies and corruption. Daly is in Dreesh, a desolate village where law and order have ground to a halt, and whose residents, ruined...

Border Angels

Border Angels
  • Author(s): Anthony Quinn
  • Location(s): Armagh
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A charred corpse and a set of footprints in the snow lead Celcius Daly into the twilight world of people trafficking. Inspector Celcius Daly is hunting for a missing woman, Lena Novak, who mysteriously disappeared one winter’s night along...

Jump Derry

Jump Derry
  • Author(s): Christine Donovan
  • Location(s): Derry (Londonderry)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 2000s

Easter 2005, and Irish dancing champion Janie can win the feis but has no idea how to have a boyfriend. And when her first one, Martin, is a parkour freerunner, she can’t keep up as he jumps and flips...

Orchid Blue

Orchid Blue
  • Author(s): Eoin McNamee
  • Location(s): Newry
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1960s

The plot focuses on the real life murder of Pearl Gamble near Newry in 1961 and the subsequent arrest, trial and execution of Robert McGladdery for her murder – the last man hanged in Northern Ireland. Forensic investigation, was...

The First Time I Said Goodbye

The First Time I Said Goodbye
  • Author(s): Claire Allan
  • Location(s): Derry (Londonderry)
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): 1959 and 2010

Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever? In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry.Caught up in a whirlwind of...

The Misremembered Man

The Misremembered Man
  • Author(s): Christina McKenna
  • Location(s): Northern Ireland

The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale,...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021