An Post Irish Book Awards 2023 – Shortlisted Authors Panel Discussion Aoife Barry, Michael Magee and Noel O'Regan in conversation with Madeleine Keane

In Partnership with An Post Irish Book Awards

  • Saturday 11th November @ 6:00 pm
  • Glass Mask Theatre
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    Meet some of the shortlisted authors from the An Post Irish Book Awards 2023 at this year’s Dublin Book Festival. Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor with the Sunday Independent, will chat to a panel of 2023  shortlisted authors to get an insight into their varied writing lives, as well as their tips and advice on the best way to commit words to the page! We are delighted to reveal that our panel for the night includes Aoife Barry, whose book Social Capital (HarperCollins Ireland) was nominated in The Last Word Listeners’ Choice Award category, Michael Magee whose book Close to Home (Hamish Hamilton) was nominated in the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year category and Noel O’Regan whose book Though the Bodies Fall (Granta Books) was also nominated in the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year category, and


    Taking place in November each year, the An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Ireland’s most significant literary event will announce winners across a host of categories including Novel, Crime Fiction, Newcomer, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Children’s, Cookery, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language. The An Post Irish Book Shop of the Year 2023 will also be revealed at the event. Please visit to read more about the An Post Irish Book Awards.

    This is an 18+ event. The event starts at 6pm. Doors open from 5pm for food and drink. Please visit to browse the menu of delicious evening food and a beautiful wine list available from Bestseller Cafe at the Glass Mask Theatre.

    The Glass Mask Theatre is an open plan space with a flight of steps leading up to the main event level, which is not accessible to wheelchairs. For any queries please email us on


    Aoife Barry is a journalist, broadcaster and writer living in Dublin. She is a former assistant news editor at and appears frequently on national radio. Her writing has featured in the journals Banshee and Thi Wurd and on Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio One.



    Photo by: Kate Donaldson

    Michael Magee is the fiction editor of The Tangerine and a graduate of the PhD Creative Writing programme at Queen’s University, Belfast. His writing has appeared in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, The Lifeboat and in The 32: AN Anthology of Working Class Writing. Close to Home is Magee’s first novel and he lives in Belfast.



    Born in County Kerry, on the south-west coast of Ireland, Noel O’Regan is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Seán Dunne Young Writer Award and an Arts Council Next Generation Artist Award. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The Stinging Fly, Ambit, Banshee, Southword and The London Magazine. His debut novel, Though the Bodies Fall, will be published by Granta Books in August 2023.


    Madeleine Keane is an editor, lecturer, and award-winning travel journalist. She was educated at UCD and Trinity. She has been Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent since 2001. She has judged numerous writing prizes. She lectures at UCD’s School of English and the Irish Writers’ Centre. She regularly writes and broadcasts about books, arts, and travel and chairs literary panels and events. She is a board member of Children’s Books Ireland.