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Belfast Book Festival @ DBF: Patron’s Picks

1 December , 1:00 pm 2:00 pm GMT


With Yan Ge and Lucy Sweeney Byrne

In Conversation with Lucy Caldwell

In partnership with Belfast Book Festival

Join Belfast Book Festival Patron, Lucy Caldwell in conversation with two stellar short story writers, Lucy Sweeney Byrne and Yan Ge.

Having recently been shortlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize Lucy’s debut short story collection Paris Syndrome (2019), explores travelling the world alone as a young woman. After writing and publishing in Chinese for many years, Yan Ge began writing in English in 2016 and was featured in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories.

Join these three brilliant writers in a conversation about their work, and a celebration of the short story.

Lucy Sweeney Byrne

Lucy Sweeney Byrne is a writer of short stories and essays. She has had her work published in various literary magazines such as The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The Dublin Review, Grist and Litro, and has further work forthcoming in Gorse. Her story collection, Paris Syndrome, was published by Banshee Press in 2019. She has since been nominated for the Kate O’Brien Award, the John McGahern Award, the Dalkey Emerging Writer Award, The Butler Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. She has also recently been shortlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize, and published in their annual anthology. She has been awarded literary bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland on three occasions. Lucy lives in Northumberland with her husband.

Yan Ge

Yan Ge was born in Sichuan, China in 1984. She is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English. She is the author of thirteen books in Chinese, including six novels. She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into English, French and German, among other languages. A translation of her novel The Chilli Bean Paste Clan was published in 2018. Since starting to write in English in 2016, her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Irish TimesTLSBrick and Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. She lives in Norwich with her husband and son.

Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, two short story collections, Multitudes and Intimacies, and several stage plays and radio dramas. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Fiction Uncovered Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2019, she edited Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories. Lucy is a Patron of the Belfast Book Festival and was a judge of the Belfast Book Festival Mairtín Crawford Award for Short Story 2020. 

The Belfast Book Festival is Northern Ireland’s leading literary Festival which is run by The Crescent Arts Centre. Each June we celebrate today’s bestselling authors, Award-winning poetry and spoken word artists, along with showcasing the wealth of local talent that defines our thriving literary community.

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