Sebastian Barry will join fellow writer and Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing at UL Joseph O'Connor, to read from a selection of his books, and for a conversation about the golden age of Irish writers and readers and his role as Laureate for Irish Fiction.
Date and time: Thursday 7 March at 7pm
Location: The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick
Bookings: tickets are free but must be booked through Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/laureate-for-irish-fiction-sebastian-barry-in-conversation-with-joseph-oconnor-tickets-53957356907
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955, Sebastian’s Barry’s novels and plays have won numerous awards, including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, Costa Book of the Year award, Irish Book Awards Best Novel. Two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), were shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. His most recent novel Days Without End was published in 2016 and won the Costa Book of the Year Award and The Walter Scott Prize, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Sebastian Barry was awarded Laureate for Irish Fiction (2018-2021) by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins in February 2018.
Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. His next novel 'Shadowplay' will be published in June.
The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council, in partnership with University College Dublin and New York University.