Best-selling author and screenwriter Colin Bateman confirms guest appearance at Aspects Irish Literature Festival

Bangor-born author and screenwriter of Divorcing Jack, Colin Bateman, has confirmed that he will be making a guest appearance at the 19th Aspects Irish Literature Festival when it takes place in North Down from 22-26 September.

The prolific author will join the Festival’s already stellar lineup that includes fellow Irish crime writers Declan Hughes, author of the Ed Loy PI series and Alex Barclay whose new book, Time of Death, was launched in July 2010.

Bateman will read from his latest book Dr. Yes., which is the latest installment in his Mystery Man series, in which Mystery Man, the owner of the fictional No Alibis bookstore combines book selling with solving crimes in the Belfast area, via many trips to Starbucks.

Festival Director, Patricia Hamilton commented, “As Northern Ireland’s longest running literature festival, Aspects has come of age whilst managing to remain true to its original ethos.  It promotes Irish writing in all its forms and has lured big-names to the intimate surroundings of North Down. This year sees a lineup that includes Nobel-Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney, the BBC’s Fergal Keane, Chris Binchy and now Colin Bateman.”

Bateman’s guest appearance will follow the Declan Hughes and Alex Barclay event, Crime Pays, on Friday 24 September, at which all three authors will present readings from their new books.

With tickets still available from the Festival Box office or online at, this is sure to be an entertaining event not to be missed.

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