DWF presents the fabulous Emma Donoghue in conversation with the wonderful Edel Coffey in March.
Time: 2.30pm, 29th March
Tickets: €12 / €10 concession
“Donoghue's historical novels kindle imaginative worlds from the embers of forgotten lives.”
"Emma Donoghue shows more than range with Frog Music – she shows genius."
‘You cannot predict literary success,’ said Emma Donoghue in a recent interview. ‘The only way you can possibly aim for it is to do your thing and do it well.’ For twenty years, Donoghue has been doing her thing well in novels, short stories and plays set everywhere from fifteenth-century Scotland to 1970s Dublin, but it was only with the publication of Room in 2010 that she was propelled into the literary stratosphere. That novel, inspired by the Josef Fritzl case, told the harrowing story of a little boy who spends his life imprisoned in a room. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it was a life-changing success that won her a huge new readership, but since then Donoghue has continued to plough her own path. Her new novel, Frog Music, again draws on real events to tell the story of Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in the stifling summer of 1876. When her friend Jenny Bonnet is shot dead through the window of a train, Blanche risks everything to find the killer, plunging herself into a world of bohemian lowlifes and uncovering the secret life of Jenny herself, a character who breaks the law every morning, simply by getting dressed.