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Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day



Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day with Rosita Boland, Jan Carson, Anne Griffin, Hugo Hamilton, Rónán Hession, Christine Dwyer Hickey

In conversation with Niall MacMonagle

Saturday 16 November 10.00am – 1.30pm

Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre €12, Booking advised


Join us for an engaging morning of book chat, hosted by writer and critic Niall MacMonagle, in conversation with a host of authors. Rosita Boland shares a lifetime of travel stories in her latest book Elsewhere (Doubleday Ireland). Anne Griffin’s debut novel, When All is Said (Hachette Ireland) depicts an old man toasting his most important relationships. Jan Carsonsets the streets of Belfast, and their inhabitants, alight in her newest novel The Fire Starters (Doubleday Ireland). Hugo Hamilton’s most recent novel Dublin Palms (HarperCollins) explores the feelings of dislocation and belonging experienced by returning emigrants. Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books) follows two friends who see the world differently as they steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st Century. Christine Dwyer Hickey maps human connection in her new novel The Narrow Land (Atlantic UK). Complimentary Refreshments will be served during a 40-minute interval. Ticket price includes refreshments and goody bag.


Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specialising in human interest stories. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She won ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards.

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories (2017). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2016 she won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia. The Fire Starters is her second novel.

Anne Griffin is the winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature. Shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition, Anne’s work has been featured in, amongst others, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. She’s worked in Waterstones branches in both Dublin and London, and for various charities. Born in Dublin, Anne now lives in Mullingar, Ireland, with her husband and son. When All is Said is her debut novel.

Hugo Hamilton is the author of nine novels, two memoirs and a collection of short stories. His work has won several international awards, including the 1992 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2003 French Prix Femina Etranger, the 2004 Italian Premio Giuseppe Berto and a DAAD scholarship in Berlin. He has also worked as a writer-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin. Hamilton was born and lives in Dublin.

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose Books in March 2019 and was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Rick O’Shea Book Club. Leonard and Hungry Paul is due to be published in the US and Canada in 2020 by Melville House Books.

Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. She has published 8 novels, one collection of short stories and a full-length play. Her latest novel is The Narrow Land published by Atlantic UK earlier this year. Her novel The Cold Eye of Heaven won the Kerrygroup Novel of the Year in 2012 and she has been nominated and shortlisted for various prizes over the years including the Orange Prize and the Impac award. She has won several short story awards the most recent of which was the Irish Short Story of the Year in 2017 at the Irish Book Awards. Her work has been widely translated into European and Arabic languages she is a member of Aosdana.

Niall MacMonagle is a writer and critic and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited the Lifelines anthologies, Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time, Off the Wall, The Open Door Book of Poetry, TEXT A Transition Year English Reader, Windharp Poems of Ireland Since 1916 and the Leaving Certificate poetry anthology Poetry Now. He has served on the boards of the National Library of Ireland and the Seamus Heaney Foundation and, in 1917, was awarded an honorary doctorate by UCD for services to literature. He is one of the judges of the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award




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