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Dublin One City One Book: Christine Dwyer Hickey

24 September , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm IST


In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle, with Musical Interludes

In partnership with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Join us for a special evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty (New Island). Christine will be in conversation with literary critic Niall MacMonagle in the beautiful setting of Kevin Street Library, Dublin. She will discuss Tatty, her varied writing career, and in particular how music influences her writing.

Musical interludes will be contributed by pianist Leonora Carney, trumpeter Colm Byrne and piper Donnacha Dwyer.

Tatty was originally published in 2004 and earlier this year a special Dublin One City One Book edition, with a new introduction by Dermot Bolger, was published by New Island Books. Christine recently won the 2020 Dalkey Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her most recent novel The Narrow Land.

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Christine Dwyer Hickey

Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. She has published 8 novels, one short story collection and a full-length play. Her latest novel The Narrow Land is the 2020 winner of the Walter Scott Prize and the inaugural winner of The Dalkey Literary Prize 2020. Her novel Tatty is the UNESCO Dublin One City One Book for 2020. She is a member of Aosdána.

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.

Colm Byrne: Trumpet

Colm has played solo works with the Rukert Chamber Orchestra, Irish Youth Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the RIAM Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has also featured on numerous movie scores and an array of albums of different genres.

Leonora Carney: Piano

Leonora has pursued an extensive career as a concert pianist, giving recitals throughout Ireland, the USA and Great Britain, including the Royal Festival Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Her schedule included concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and broadcasts on RTÉ and BBC Radio 3. For many years, she has been a member of the music department of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Donnacha Dwyer: Uileann Pipes

Donnacha Dwyer has been playing the Uilleann Pipes since 1988 when he first received tuition in Na Piobairi Uilleann. He began performing professionally in various Dublin music venues in 1991 and since then he has performed extensively around Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He has been a full time Uilleann Pipes Maker since 2007.

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This is a pre-recorded online event.

The Dublin Book Festival is brightening up the cool autumn evenings with weekly events from Thursday 24th September until the beginning of the festival. With podcasts, poetry readings and crime-writing classes, you won’t want to miss this jam-packed series of events!

Join us as we take a seat with guests such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Graham Norton, Dr Marie Cassidy, and Marita Conlon-McKenna and many more to discuss their riveting new books as well as a wide variety of topics, such as the career of a state pathologist, writing historical Irish fiction and how to write a best-selling crime fiction novel.

Click here to view the full programme of events for our Autumn Series.