October 10th

This year's festival is online. To see how this works, go to our Attending Online Events page.

Individual events cost €5 each; a season ticket costs €50 (or €25 for subscribers to Southword Journal).

Niamh Campbell & Kit de Waal in conversation with Paul McVeigh


7pm (€5)

Niamh Campbell was born in 1988 and grew up in Dublin. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Dublin Review, 3:AM, Banshee, gorse, Five Dials, and Tangerine. She was awarded a Next Generation literary bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, and annual literary bursaries in 2018 and 2019. She holds a PhD in English from King's College London and is a current postdoctoral fellow for the Arts Council of Ireland at Maynooth University. Her debut novel This Happy was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2020. She was the winner of the 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She lives and works in Dublin.


Kit de Wall was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's Choice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. MY NAME IS LEON, her first novel was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. She has two children and lives in the West Midlands.

Paul McVeigh has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, a novel, plays and short stories, and his work has been performed on radio, stage and television, and published in seven languages. The Good Son is his first novel.

Richard Ford in conversation with Anthony Walton


9pm (€5)

Richard Ford has written 5 collections of stories, 7 novels and a memoir. His latest book is the short story collection Sorry for Your Trouble (2020). His work has won many international awards and prizes, including the Prix Femina in France, The Princess of Asturias Prize in Spain, and the Lenz Prize in Germany, as well as the Pulitzer Prize and the 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American fiction in the US. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York, and for a time was Professor of Writing in the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College, Dublin. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

Anthony Walton is the author of Mississippi: An American Journey. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and dozens of other journals. He studied at Notre Dame and Brown University.