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Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories

5 December , 3:00 pm 4:00 pm GMT


Carlo Gébler and Helen Ryan (NALA)

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 author and contributor to the collection, Carlo Gébler, and Policy Officer at NALA, Helen Ryan. 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. Helen is a Policy Officer at the National Adult Literacy Agency, a charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties have access to learning opportunities and can fully take part in society.

The event will be concluded by two readings from contributors to the collection. Irish novelist, playwright, and poet Dermot Bolger shares an extract from his short story, ‘That Special Moment’. Journalist and author Emily Hourican reads from her short story, ‘Spirit Animal’.

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Carlo Gébler

Carlo Gébler 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.

Helen Ryan

Helen is Policy Officer with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and has worked in adult literacy for over 20 years. This year she worked with Patricia Scanlan and New Island Books on ‘Voices’, the new collection of short stories for emerging adult readers from the Open Door series. She sits on the Right to Read National Steering Group where the libraries sector and the Department of Rural and Community Development gave great support to promoting ‘Voices’.

Rick O’Shea

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.

This is a pre-recorded online event.