The Water’s Way Doreen Cunningham and Alice Kinsella in conversation with Cristín Leach

In Partnership with dlr Libraries

  • Saturday 11th November @ 12:00 pm
  • dlr LexIcon Lab
  • Free. Booking required

Join authors Doreen Cunningham and Alice Kinsella in conversation with art critic and author Cristín Leach about motherhood, the climate crisis, and the restorative power of the sea. Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales (Virago) charts Cunningham’s journey with her young son, following the grey whale migration back to the Arctic. In Milk (Picador), Kinsella draws her own map of motherhood, and considers the generations of women who came before her.

Following the event, weather permitting, the authors invite you for a swim at the 40ft.



Doreen Cunningham is an Irish-British writer born in Wales. After studying engineering she worked briefly in climate related research at the Natural Environment Research Council and in storm modelling at Newcastle University, before working as a journalist for the BBC World Service for twenty years. She won the RSL Giles St Aubyn Award, was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writers Award, and longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for writing on Global Conservation, for Soundings, her first book.

Alice Kinsella was born in Dublin in 1993 and raised in Co. Mayo, where she now lives. She is the author of Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep, 2018) and editor of Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis (Doire Press, 2021). She is an Arts Council Next Generation Artist (2022/23). Milk is her debut book of prose, and is published by Picador.


Cristín Leach is an art critic and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Negative Space (2022). Her recent collection of short stories, essays and other forms of expanded art writing, From Ten till Dusk, was published to mark the 200 th anniversary of the Royal Hibernian  Academy of Arts in Dublin. As a broadcaster, she is a regular contributor to RTÉ TV and radio, presenting the series Ireland Portrayed for RTÉ Lyric FM in 2020 and co-presenting the award-winning Through the Canvas for RTÉ Lyric FM in 2018. Her short fiction and personal essays have been published in Winter Papers and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 as part of Keywords. Her art criticism has appeared in The Sunday Times since 2003.