The Origins of Benjamin Hackett, my debut novel, is out now! It is available in trade paperback and ebook formats from Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. In addition, you are able to order direct from my publisher at Down&Out books. I have included all the links below here. We hope to have a launch party some time in the next month or so. I will be announcing the where and when in due course, and I hope to see as many of you all there. Stay tuned!
Borris House (June 9th – 11th 2017) In 2017, Borris Village, at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains, plays host for the sixth year to one of the most unusual and intimate festivals in the country. The Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas promises a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing minds from all over the world and inviting them to spend a few days in the rural hinterland of Co. Carlow. Many are writers, but artists, film-makers, political commentators, musicians, architects – and regular people who have experienced the extraordinary – also grace the stage of Borris.
Allingham, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal (November 3rd – 6th 2016) Anne Enright, Valerie Cox, Jamie D’Alton & Garry Keane, Kieran Quinn, Afric McGlinchey, Anthony Begley & Maura Logue, Amy Gillen, Mick Delap, Craft & Design Workshops, the Allingham Poetry, Fiction and Songwriting Competitions, and much more to be announced
Dalkey Book Festival (June 11th – 14th) Established in 2010 to “to celebrate and foster the wealth of literary talent in and around the town,” the Dalkey Book Festival has hosted Nobel Prize winners, Booker Prize winners and Oscar winners alike. With a programme that mixes literary discussion with music and stand-up comedy, last year’s line-up included Donal Ryan, Alison Jameson, Joseph O’Connor, Salman Rushdie and David O’Doherty. Tickets sold out fast last year so keep an eye on the Irish Times’ literary listings page for news of the 2015 billing in the coming months.
Hay Festival Kells (June 26th – 28th) An Irish offshoot of the renowned UK literary festival was established in 2013 and has brought writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Germaine Greer, Jung Chang and Louis de Bernières to the Meath town. This year’s line-up has yet to be announced, but with a theme of ‘imagine the world’ for the festival’s third incarnation, expectations are high.
West Cork Literary Festival (July 12th – 18th) Nigerian Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, American author Karen Joy Fowler, Jennifer Johnston, Blake Morrison and Baileys Prize winner Eimear McBride are among the authors appearing at this year’s festival in Bantry. Other names to watch out for include Alice Taylor, Nick Laird, Frank Skinner, Louise O’Neill, Audrey Magee and the British dir ector Jonathan Miller. Tessa Hadley, John Boyne and Dave Lordan are among the writers hosting workshops. One of the big draws is a workshop on investigative reporting by journalist Nick Davies, who uncovered the News International phone-hacking scandal. John Boyne will look at the novel, Carlo Gébler takes on the memoir, with poetry and playwriting by Leanne O’Sullivan and Deirdre Kinavan respectively.
SoundEye Poetry Festival (July 11th-July13th) SoundEye, Ireland’s pre-eminent festival of innovative poetry, is now in its 18th year. Every summer, the festival brings an array of experimental, avant-garde and modernist poets to Cork and 2014 is no exception. This year’s SoundEye, generously supported by Cork City Council, UCC School of English, The Polish Embassy and the UCC Department of Modern Irish at UCC will take place at the Guesthouse, 10 Chapel Street, Shandon from July 11th-13th.
Cork Short Story Festival (7th-11th September 2016)
The Cork International Short Story Festival takes place annually each autumn, bringing the best of Irish and international short story writers to Cork to share their work. The festival also features workshops, panel discussions and other specialist events. The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork’s designation as that year’s European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival. In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the festival. Guests from previous years have included Lydia Davis, Richard Ford, Edna O’Brien, Yiyun Li, Claire Keegan, John Banville, Jhumpa Lahiri and many more.
Dublin Book Festival (November 2015) One of the last festivals in the Irish literary calendar, there are as yet no dates or line-up for the 2015 Dublin Book Festival. Always a popular event with readers and writers alike, the programme takes place in or around the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar district. Mixing discussions on the publishing world with a range of author events, the 2014 programme saw Faber CEO Stephen Page fly in for a panel discussion with Irish publishers on the state of the industry. Authors taking part included Éilís NÍ Dhuibhne, John Boyne, Alice Taylor and Kevin Barry.