Tuesday, 8 March 2016


Saturday sees myself and Dónal Ryan take the stage at the Mountains to Sea Festival, in interview with Paula Shields. Here's the blurb from the MTTS website:

'Here is a rare chance to hear two of Ireland’s finest prose stylists discussing their work and their craft with cultural critic, TV researcher and moderator Paula Shields.
In his first short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, Donal Ryan picks up where his acclaimed novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December left off, dealing with the human cost of loneliness, isolation and displacement. As The Guardian reviewer noted 'each unit of language is scrupulously positioned, though the overall effect is of effortlessness. Very few writers are capable of portraying desolation with such lyricism'. The title story, A Slanting of the Sun, won the writing.ie Short Story of the Year for 2015.
Nuala O'Connor had published two novels, four collections of short fiction, and three full poetry collections but with her extraordinary third novel, Miss Emily, she has made the breakthrough to wider critical acclaim. Dermot Bolger remarked upon O’Connor’s 'luminous prose which has long been one of Ireland’s most treasured literary secrets.' Not any more! Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Novel of the Year in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for 2015.'

Date:Saturday March 12th
Venue:County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
Cost:€10 / €8 Concession

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