RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Paul Lynch and Mike McCormack in conversation with Seán Rocks

  • Wednesday 08th November @ 7:00 pm
  • Townhall, 1WML, Windmill Quarter
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    Join us for an evening of conversation and culture as Seán Rocks is joined by authors Paul Lynch and Mike McCormack discussing their latest novels and more. Prophet Song (Oneworld) by Paul Lynch is a powerful novel set in an Ireland falling under the spell of a totalitarian government, following the life of one woman who tries desperately to keep her family together. This Plague of Souls (Tramp Press) by Mike McCormack, part metaphysical thriller, part existential noir, follows a man recently released from prison who finds all the world has forgotten him but for one stranger. 

    Music will be performed by Krea, Irish singer-songwriter Karen Cowley.

    This will be a live broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 so you must be seated by 6.50pm.


    Paul Lynch is the prize-winning author of the novels, Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. His third novel Grace won the 2018 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the 2020 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award. His second novel The Black Snow won France’s bookseller prize, Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel. He has been shortlisted for many international prizes, including France’s Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize), Prix Littérature Monde and the Walter Scott Prize. He was born in Limerick in 1977, grew up in Donegal and lives in Dublin. Prophet Song has been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize.

    Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1995), Crowe’s Requiem (1998), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. His latest novel, Solar Bones (Tramp Press, 2016), won the Goldsmiths Prize, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for Best Novel and Best Book, and the Dublin International Literary Award (previously known as the IMPAC). He was nominated for a slew of other awards, including the Booker Prize. His new novel, This Plague of Souls, is forthcoming with Tramp Press. Mike McCormack lives in Galway with his family.


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    Krea is the stage name adopted by Irish singer-songwriter Karen Cowley. Following a hiatus from her band Wyvern Lingo, Krea was awarded the prestigious Music Bursary by the Arts Council, as well as a residency at the renowned Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. It was during this residency that she dedicated her time to crafting the songs that would make up her upcoming solo EP, ‘The Callows’, which came out earlier this year on July 13th. As a seasoned performer, Krea has enjoyed both critical acclaim and commercial success as part of Wyvern Lingo. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Hozier, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, and Wallis Bird, gaining valuable experience and honing her craft. In addition to her skills as a vocalist and pianist, Krea has recently taken up the harp, adding yet another layer of musicality to her repertoire.