On February 8th, the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021 will be officially announced by President Michael D. Higgins. In association with this announcement there are two events planned, one in a library and another in a bookshop.
Interview: Gorey Library, Wexford
Tue 13 February 2018
19:30 – 20:30
The first event is an interview with the new laureate in the bright and contemporary Gorey Library in Gorey, Co. Wexford. There is an element of surprise because audience will not know the Laureate's identity until the official announcement date.
The interview will be conducted by Billy Roche, dramatist and writer. Billy has published extensively as a dramatist, including The Wexford Trilogy (2000); Belfry (1991), A Handful of Stars (1988) and Poor Beast in the Rain (1989). His other plays include Amphibians (1992); The Cavalcaders (1993); Trojan Eddie (1997); On Such As We (2002); Lay Me Down Softly (2008) and Of Mornington (2016). Billy has published one novel, Tumbling Down; and a collection of stories, Tales from Rainwater Pond. A member of Aosdána, Billy lives in Wexford where much of his work is set.
Tickets are free for this event but booking through Eventbrite is essential: www.eventbrite.ie/interviewwiththelaureate
Reading, Bridge Street Books, Wicklow
Thursday, 15 February 2018
19:30 – 20:30
Bridge Street Books, a beautiful award-winning bookshop in Wicklow town, will host a reading by the new Laureate. There is an element of surprise because the audience will not know the author's identity until the official announcement date.
The reading will be introduced by Catriona Crowe. Catriona is former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland and was Manager of the Census Online Project. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011 and presented the RTE documentary, Ireland before the Rising, which was shown in February 2016. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre. She is an Honorary President of the Irish Labour History Society, a former President of the Women’s History Association and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
She is also Chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation initiative for women with addiction problems, based in the North Inner City, and Chairperson of the Inner City Renewal Group, which delivers employment and welfare rights advice and support to the community in the North Inner City.
Tickets are free of charge but booking through Eventbrite is essential: https://www.eventbrite.ie/readingwiththelaureate
**Please note when booking, due to limited space there are both seated and standing tickets.