Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Morning
10:00 am – 1:00 pm GMT
Sarah Winman, Ann Ingle, Luke Cassidy in conversation with Niall MacMonagle
Dr Rosaleen McDonagh in conversation with Dr Emilie Pine, with readings from Kathleen Murphy
In Partnership with Dublin Book Festival
An engaging morning of book chat with writer and critic Niall MacMonagle in conversation with international bestselling author Sarah Winman to discuss her latest novel, Still Life (Harper Collins). Still Life is a book of beautiful and playful storytelling, full of beauty, love, family and fate. Niall will also be joined by Ann Ingle delving into her first collection of essays, Open-Hearted (Penguin), in which she candidly reflects on eight years of love, loss, laughter and letting go. Also joined by Luke Cassidy to discuss his debut novel, Iron Annie (Bloomsbury), a gritty yet hopeful story full of warmth. Both authors write with an exquisite insight to the wonder, sadness and joy of life.
Playwright, performer, and columnist Rosaleen McDonagh joins academic and critic Emilie Pine to discuss the release of her first book, Unsettled (Skein Press). This fearless collection of essays explores the diverse experience of ableism, racism, and abuse, while celebrating the value of community, family, and friends. Join McDonagh and Pine for an honest conversation on life in Ireland, representing that life through essays, and the strength of a family’s support. This event will feature very special readings from Unsettled by Kathleen Murphy.
Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. Her first novel, When God Was a Rabbit was an international bestseller, her second A Year of Marvellous Ways was a Sunday Times bestseller and Tin Man was shortlisted for the Costa Novel award 2018. You can find her at @sarahwinman on Instagram.
Originally from London, Ann Ingle has lived in Dublin since the 1960s and is a mother of eight. In 2018, she co-wrote Driven, the memoir of motorsport legend Rosemary Smith, which was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. openhearted is her debut memoir.
Luke Cassidy is a writer from Dundalk, Ireland. Iron Annie is his first novel.
Niall MacMonagle has edited several anthologies and textbooks including the Lifelines series, Poetry Now, and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916. He writes a weekly art column in the Sunday Independent and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio One. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for services to literature.
Dr Rosaleen McDonagh
Rosaleen McDonagh is a playwright, performer, columnist for The Irish Times and a member of Aosdána. Her plays include The Baby Doll Project, She’s Not Mine, Rings, The Prettiest Proud Boy and Mainstream. Her most recent commissions were Walls and Windows for the Abbey Theatre and Contentious Spaces for the Project Arts Centre. Rosaleen holds a BA, two MPhils from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from Northumbria University. She is a board member of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and was appointed a Human Rights Commissioner in June 2020.
Unsettled is her first book.
Kathleen Murphy is an education support worker with the STAR NTRIS project in Northside Partnership. She has an MSc in Human Rights at UCD and she also holds a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) in Law and Sociology and a Higher Certificate in Community Work in a Changing Ireland from Maynooth University. During her time at Maynooth, Kathleen received a Maynooth University Inspirational Student and Alumni Award in recognition of her diligence and commitment to academia. In 2017, Kathleen earned a place on the high-calibre Washington Ireland Program, taking her well-deserved place among student leaders from across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Kathleen was a Mental Health Development Worker with Pavee Point and has also previously served as Project Coordinator and Health Team Member within the organization. Kathleen has begun teacher training with Sunderland University since September 2021. Kathleen is also a proud member of the Traveller community and a human rights advocate.
Dr Emilie Pine
Emilie Pine is Professor of Modern Drama in the School of English, Drama and Film in University College Dublin. She has published widely as an academic and critic, and is the author of the multi-award-winning essay collection Notes to Self, which has been translated into fifteen languages.