It was a great few days of short story blather at my workshop with a lovely group of 13 people (mostly men, unusually). I went to two launches - firstly Mary O'Donnell's novel Where They Lie was launched by John Mac Kenna in the library. The book is fab - I have started it and it's beautifully well written and intriguing.
|Me and Jim Crace|
|Authors John Mac Kenna and Mary O'Donnell|
|John B. Keane and me|
And, because I was teaching, I didn't stay up for the all night sessions of music and drink, so I may have missed out a bit on the night-time conviviality. But, no matter, I had a fabulous time; the sun shone and the town was packed with enthusiastic readers and writers, making for a sweet atmosphere. All thanks to Eilish Wren, Máire Logue and the Listowel committee.
|Juno in front of a little house - Listowel is chock full of interesting, native architecture|
|The view from the back of The Listowel Arms, the hotel where we stayed|
|Mary O'Donnell signing at her launch|
|O'Connor's in Foynes|