The Laureate for Irish Fiction is proud to present The Readers’ Voice, a series of author interviews taking place across the country, celebrating the reader, local libraries and outstanding Irish writing. Ireland's inaugural Laureate Anne Enright will interview six writers in six different library related venues over the course of February, March and April. Regardless of geography, we are encouraging readers across the country to engage with this series, read the books and tune in online to watch the events in libraries across the country.
Speaking about the series, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright says, “The Irish readership is the most loyal - and the most silent - in the English-speaking world. The Readers’ Voice is a celebration of book clubs and libraries, a small way of giving back to the audience that has sustained the Irish tradition over the last many decades.
There is no great statement here about the state of Irish literature. This is a personal selection of six books, chosen with the readers in mind. A little less plot driven than the usual book club choices, perhaps, these novels focus, for the most part, on individual lives: on the choices we make, our losses and reclamations. There are unforgettable characters created on these pages: Paula Spencer in The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Farley Grainger in The Cold Eye of Heaven, Catherine McKenna in Grace Notes, Melody Shee in All We Shall Know, and the American blow-in, Alice, in When Light is Like Water. I was surprised, myself, by the number of female lives and female voices in this cross section of contemporary Irish fiction, which were written by both women and men. I also love first person narrators - they get so close to the reader’s ear. Through these imperfect, unsettling, characters we get a true glimpse of Ireland as it changes - and this change becomes the overt subject in the social satire of The Devil I Know.”
Details of the final three events are as follows:
- 20 April, 7pm: Claire Kilroy The Devil I know
Ballymote Community Library, Co. Sligo
- 27 April, 7pm: Roddy Doyle The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Wexford Town Library, Co. Wexford
- 4 May, 7pm: Molly McCloskey When Light is Like Water
Cavan Town Library, Co. Cavan
More information is be available at http://www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-in-Ireland/Literature/The-Readers_-Voice/, www.facebook.com/LaureateIrishFiction and by following @LaureateFiction on Twitter #ReadersVoice