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Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day: Ireland’s Emerging Writers

28 November , 2:00 pm 3:00 pm GMT


Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Elaine Feeney, Patrick Freyne and Alice Lyons

In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle

In partnership with Dublin City Libraries

Writer and critic Niall MacMonagle will host a panel discussion featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting debut writers. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose hotly anticipated prose debut A Ghost in the Throat (Tramp Press) tells the stories of two writers living centuries apart. Elaine Feeney, a poet and teacher from Galway, joins us to discuss her first novel, As You Were (Harvill Secker), a story of sharing secrets across hospital beds. In his debut collection of essays, Ok, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea (Penguin), Patrick Freyne showcases his sharp wit and beloved humour. Artist, poet, and film-maker, Alice Lyons, explores abandonment, grief, and hope in her debut novel Oona (Lilliput Press). Niall will be speaking to Doireann, Elaine, Patrick, and Alice on becoming writers, the fine line between art forms, and the art of the debut.

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Niall MacMonagle

Niall MacMonagle has edited several anthologies and textbooks including the Lifelines series, Poetry Now, and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916. He writes a weekly art column in the Sunday Independent and broadcasts frequently on RTÉ Radio One. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for services to literature.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Doireann’s awards include a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Seamus Heaney Fellowship, the Ostana Prize and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. She is a member of Aosdána. A Ghost in the Throat (Tramp Press) is her prose debut.

Alice Lyons

Alice Lyons is a versatile artist and film-maker. She is a recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. Originally from the US, she has lived in the west of Ireland for twenty years. She was a Radcliffe Fellow in Poetry and New Media at Harvard University 2016/17. Her poetry film The Polish Language was nominated for an Irish Television and Film Award (ifta). Throughout her career, she has created work that brings literature into new contexts, media and communities. She currently lectures in creative writing at IT Sligo and is poet-in-residence with the Yeats Society, Sligo. Her debut novel Oona is published by Lilliput Press.

Patrick Freyne

Patrick Freyne spent most of his twenties trying to be a rock star before turning to the much more stable and secure world of journalism. He is a features writer at the Irish Times. OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea is his first book.

Elaine Feeney

Elaine Feeney has published three collections of poetry, Where’s Katie?, The Radio was Gospel, Rise, and a drama piece, WRoNGHEADED, commissioned by Liz Roche Company. She teaches at The National University of Ireland, Galway and St Jarlath’s College. Her work has been widely published and anthologised in Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Copper Nickel, Stonecutter Journal and others. As You Were is her fiction debut.

This is a pre-recorded online event.