Words and Music BOOKED OUT Edel Coffey, Rónán Hession and Megan Nolan in conversation with Kieran McGuinness

  • Thursday 09th November @ 8:15 pm
  • Glass Mask Theatre
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    Join us for this evening of relaxed discussion and musical performances amongst creatives. Authors and musicians Edel Coffey, Rónán Hession and Megan Nolan will be in conversation with musician and songwriter Kieran McGuinness about the expression of creativity through writing and music.

    This is an 18 + event.

    The show starts at 8.15pm. Doors open from 7.15pm for food and drink. Please visit www.glassmasktheatre.com 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 info@dublinbookfestival.com


    Edel Coffey is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune. She has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio, and as editor of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, and Books Editor of the Irish Independent. She lives in Galway with her husband and children. BREAKING POINT is her first novel.




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    Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose Books in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the An Post Irish Book Awards, the British Book Awards, the Books Are My Bag Awards, the Dalkey Literary Prize, the McKitterickPrize, and was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Leonard and Hungry Paul was selected by Dublin City Council as the 2021 One Dublin One Book. It was also chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 50 Great Irish Novels of the 21st Century. Ronán’s second novel Panenka was published in May 2021. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards and the for Books Are My Bag Fiction prize. Rónán was shortlisted for 2021 Author of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Rónán’s story The Translator’s Funeral was longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year. Rónán also reviews fiction in translation for the Irish Times. He is currently working on his third novel, Ghost Mountain, which will be published in 2024.


    Megan Nolan lives in London and was born in 1990 in Waterford, Ireland. Her essays, fiction and reviews have been published in The New York Times, The White Review, The Sunday Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. She writes a fortnightly column for the New Statesman. Ordinary Human Failings is her second novel.



    Kieran McGuinness is a Vocalist, Guitarist and Songwriter in Choice Music prize-winning Irish Alternative band, Delorentos, and lo-fi 2-piece Driven Snow. He is also a respected DJ on Radio Nova, and the Music Development Officer for Music Generation Dublin. Kieran is a self-taught musician and songwriter, who has released and written 6 studio albums, and played 100’s of gigs all over the world. A love of songs and live music has sustained him for more than a decade in the Irish Music scene. Kieran’s determined career has been a wonderful (and, at times, spectacular) chaos – band break- ups, labels collapsing, reformations and critical awards, worldwide tours and packed houses from Mexico City to Moscow. Binding all the work and success is a love for creativity and expression, and fostering and connecting creative communities.