Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Just a wee reminder that Miss Emily is the Book on One this week. It will broadcast each night at 11.20pm until Friday the 17th June on RTÉ Radio 1. The first podcast is already live here.

Sunday, 12 June 2016


Adam Wyeth and myself, signing books after our event
The festival at Howth Castle was great on Saturday. What a venue! Adam Wyeth and I had a great public conversation, in the Lutyens Library, about poetry, myth, houses, influences and all sorts of things.

We had a warm welcome from Eleanor Griffin and her team, and a lovely, engaged audience. There were brownies, scones and superfood salads in the courtyard café, mmmmm. And a giant Aga to swoon over.

A few pics.

The enviable Aga
TDF brownies (there's a cookery school onsite)
We sampled the berry scones too :)
The yard houses the National Transport Museum
The castle
Harebells in the grounds
Eleanor Griffin with Juno
Juno in the green room
Me in the green room - the nicest GR ever
Roses on the grounds

Thursday, 9 June 2016



Miss Emily is the Book on One next week. It will broadcast each night at 11.20pm from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th June on RTÉ Radio 1. I did the reading, which was a first for me (my novels YOU and The Closet of Savage Mementos were voiced by actors). Tune in on radio at FM 88.9 or online here. Huge thanks to producer Siobhán Mannion, who is also a writer of some very fine fiction.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016


My beautiful friend, writer and artist Marcella Brown, is on hand today to draw the winner of the copy of YOU. Take it away, Marcy!

And the winner is:

Melissa Cronin!!

Congrats, Melissa, and please send me your address to nuala AT nualanichonchuir DOT com. And, it seems, you and I will meet in Dingle in July. Even better :)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Summer has come to Ireland. Actual sun shining from an actual blue sky!! To celebrate I am giving away one copy of my first novel YOU, which is set in the summer of 1980 in Dublin. Here are what some reviewers had to say when the book came out in 2010:

 ‘...You deserves to find a place in our pantheon of much-admired, beautifully crafted variations on a theme.’ The Irish Times

‘...timeless, placeless and universal... a must read.’ The Irish Independent

‘...a vivid and immediate sensory experience,...Ní Chonchúir's ear – as you might expect of a poet – is alive to the language of her characters...it is about the ordinary, and the secret life that runs beneath it.’ The Sunday Business Post

‘The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone...This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.’ The Irish Examiner

‘You supplies a pitch-perfect voice to the estranged youngster within each of us, the result being a quietly disarming experience for the reader...It is another success from a writer who seems composed of something that literary awards like to be around... It's all done organically, the hand of the author combining with the reader's own sense of childhood nostalgia to create literary alchemy.’ Sunday Independent

'Ní Chonchúir is excellent on the shifting allegiances between children...this would not have been taken for a début.’ Sunday Tribune

If you would like to win the book, simply leave a comment AND say you would like to be in the draw. I will pick the winner from the hat on the 7th June, next Tuesday. International comp - I will post to anywhere. Good luck!