Jess Kidd in Conversation with Rick O’Shea
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Canongate and The Rick O’Shea Bookclub present author Jess Kidd in conversation with Rick O’Shea on Thursday 8th February at 7pm in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 2. Admission is free. All are welcome – no booking required. Light refreshments will be served.
Jess’ debut novel Himself was nominated for the 2016 Bord Gais Energy Book of the Year in the Newcomer category. Her second novel The Hoarder will be published by Canongate in February.
Jess completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury. Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter.
Jess is also currently developing her own original TV projects with leading UK and international TV producers.
Rick O’Shea has been a radio presenter with RTE since 2001. He curates literary events and festivals and is also one of Ireland’s most prominent hosts of public author interviews and panels with recent guests including Jessie Burton, Alan Cumming, Paul Beatty, Liz Nugent and Graham Norton. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club – Ireland’s largest book club.
The mesmerising new novel The Hoarder from the winner of the 2016 Costa Short Story Award, following her debut novel Himself, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice
Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is becoming drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.
With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?