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Listowel Writers’ Week @ DBF
4 December , 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm GMT
Listowel Writers’ Week Presents
Monique Roffey in Conversation with Paula Shields
Join us for an evening with author, Monique Roffey, in conversation with writer and interviewer, Paula Shields. The conversation will explore Monique’s latest novel The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree Press), a work about an ancient Taino woman cursed to be a mermaid who is caught in contemporary times, as well as Monique’s career: Monique has been writing for twenty years and published six novels, a memoir, many essays and some literary journalism. She has a background in social justice and NGOs, working for Amnesty International and The Arvon Foundation and is a co-founder of Writers Rebel, an active circle of writers inside Extinction Rebellion. She is also a Senior Lecturer at MMU and has mentored many emerging writers in the UK and Trinidad over many years. She writes about female sexuality and desire, the current climate emergency, the Caribbean, Caribbean whiteness, and her novels have been translated into several languages.
Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer of novels, essays, a memoir and literary journalism. Her latest novel is The Mermaid of Black Conch (April, 2020; Peepal Tree Press). Her novels have been translated into five languages and shortlisted for several major awards and, in 2013, Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature. Her essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Boundless magazine, The Independent, Wasafiri, and Caribbean Quarterly. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at ManMet University and a tutor at the Norwich Writers Centre.
Paula Shields is a writer, researcher and interviewer. An arts journalist since the 1990s, she has worked in London, Galway and Dublin in print, TV and now radio – on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Other professional highlights include originating and researching the IFTA award-winning TV documentary, Fairytale of New York, in 2017, and judging the 2017 and 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.