Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories
5 December, 2020 , 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT
Patricia Scanlan, Melatu Uche Okorie and Carlo Geblér
In Conversation with Rick O’Shea
In partnership with The National Library of Ireland
The Open Door series of books is aimed at emerging adult readers, and seeks to celebrate the art of straightforward writing. NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency, celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2020. To mark this occasion, New Island, with series editor Patricia Scanlan, are publishing a one-off anthology of 27 well-known Irish authors, written in plain English. Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories (New Island) was published in September 2020.
In the beautiful surrounds of the National Libary of Ireland, RTÉ broadcaster, Rick O’Shea, will be in conversation with Patricia Scanlan, editor and curator of the publication, and authors and contributors to the collection, Melatu Uche Okorie and Carlo Geblér. Melatu is a Nigerian writer based in Ireland. Her collection of short stories, This Hostel Life, was published in 2018 by Skein Press. Carlo is a teacher and a writer, whose selection of tales from The Decameron, Tales We Tell Ourselves, will be published by New Island in 2020.
Carlo Geblér is a writer. He teaches at HMP Maghaberry and Hydebank College and the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin. He has been a prison teacher since 1991. His latest books include The Dead Eight (2011), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) and Aesop’s Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods (2019). Tales We Tell Ourselves, his selection of tales from The Decameron will be published by New Island in 2020.
Patricia Scanlan is the number 1 bestselling author of twenty novels, short story collections and works of non-fiction, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the Series Editor of the award winning Open Door series of books, to which she has contributed four novellas.
Melatu Uche Okorie
Melatu Uche Okorie is a Nigerian writer based in Ireland. Her collection of short stories, This Hostel Life, was published in 2018 by Skein Press.
Rick is a broadcaster with RTÉ – currently on RTÉ Gold and presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1. He has hosted the online chat show Shelf Analysis during lockdown, talking from his home to authors in their homes in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club (Ireland’s largest), chooses the quarterly Must Reads lists for Eason with author Sinéad Moriarty, and reviews books regularly on RTÉ Radio 1’s Today Show.
He has been a judge for the Costa Book Awards and judging chair for the Dalkey Literary Awards.
He hosts public author interviews at festivals across the country and has been literary curator for the Waterford Writers Weekend and UCD Festival.