Saturday, September 15th

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Early bird bookings are no longer available through this website.
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Tickets for the Nano Nagle Place events will be available at the door on the night.
All library events are free. All other events are priced €5 per ticket inclusive of booking fees

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Reviving the Dead: Discussion with Patrick Cotter, Declan Meade and Sinéad Gleeson concerning Frank O'Connor, Maeve Brennan and Norah Hoult—moderated by Thomas McCarthy

3.00pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Patrick Cotter worked for many years from the early 1990s to bolster the public profile of Frank O’Connor. Declan Meade has republished long out-of-print work by Maeve Brennan and Sinéad Gleeson has written an introduction to a new edition of short stories by Norah Hoult. Poet, novelist and essayist Thomas McCarthy will lead a discussion on the issue of reviving faltering or forgotten literary reputations, touching on the desirability, practicality and sometimes futility affecting the issue.

Patrick Cotter published his first short story in New Irish Writing aged 19. After a few other short fiction publications during the 1980s he has distinguished himself mostly as a poet since then. He has curated this festival since 2003.

Declan Meade co-founded The Stinging Fly literary magazine in 1998 and is now its editor. With the Stinging Fly Press imprint he has published books by Kevin Barry, Mary Costello and Colin Barrett.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. In 2015, The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, edited by Gleeson, was published and features 30 short stories, including work by Maeve Brennan, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Bowen, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney and more. It won the Best Irish Published Book at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2015. Her debut collection of essays, Constellations, will be published by Picador in Spring 2019. She is currently working on a novel.

Thomas McCarthy was born and raised at Cappoquin, Co Waterford in 1954. He has published a substantial body of poems as well as a collection of autobiographical essays and two novels. McCarthy is a poet primarily concerned with politics and family and he is regarded as one of the most important Irish poets of his generation.

Southword Launch

4.30pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

After 8 years and 19 issues and supplements, the last of Southword Online was published in May 2018. The Munster Literature Centre is marking the return of Southword: New International Writing as an exclusively print publication with the launch of Issue 35. This issue features new work by Kit de Waal, Deborah Levy, Yoko Tawada and Matthew Sweeney among others. Join contributors Danny Denton, Simon Van Booy, Louise Nealon and Rose Keating as they read short excerpts from their published pieces. Southword retails at €10, audience members who purchase the €5 ticket to this event will be able to buy Southword at the event for €5.

Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has published work in various journals. The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow is his first novel. Billed as a ‘gangster ballad love story’, it depicts an Ireland plagued by relentless rain, deadly fires, roaming gangs and warring factions. When the Kid in Yellow meets the daughter of the menacing Earlie King the stage is set for tragedy.

 

Rose Keating is studying English at UCC, on a creative writing scholarship, as part of the Quercus program. A previous 2nd Level winner of Write Here, Write Now, her fiction has been published in the Incubator journal, Not One of Us magazine, the Quarryman journal and the Breakroom Stories podcast. A columnist for the Waterford News and Star newspaper, she is a fan of good cats and cheap wine.

 

Louise Nealon is a writer from Co. Kildare. In 2017, she won the Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Competition and was the recipient of the Francis Ledwidge Creative Writing Award. She has been published in The Irish Times, Southword and The Open Ear.

 

Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of seven books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, NPR, and the BBC. His books have been translated into many languages. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards.

 

Helen Oyeyemi in conversation with Patrick Cotter

7.30pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus GirlThe Opposite HouseWhite is for Witching (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox and the short story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours. In 2013, Helen was included in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Patrick Cotter published his first short story in New Irish Writing aged 19. After a few other short fiction publications during the 1980s he has distinguished himself mostly as a poet since then. He has curated this festival since 2003.

Akhil Sharma in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

9.00pm, Firkin Crane Theatre (€5)

Akhil Sharma is the author of the award winning novels Family Life and An Obedient Father. Among other prizes he has won the International Dublin Literary Award. His short story collection A Life of Adventure and Delight was just released. He lives in New York City and teaches at Rutgers University, Newark.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. In 2015, The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, edited by Gleeson, was published and features 30 short stories, including work by Maeve Brennan, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Bowen, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney and more. It won the Best Irish Published Book at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2015. Her debut collection of essays, Constellations, will be published by Picador in Spring 2019. She is currently working on a novel.