Fully Booked: The Literary Events to Nab Tickets For Before It’s Too Late

A stellar line-up of Irish and international poets and authors awaits at these literary events …

 

In the first Library Voices event of the summer at the DLR Lexicon, David Nicholls will be in conversation with Irish author Eithne Shortall on Monday July 22 at 7.30pm. The pair will discuss Nicholls’ latest novel Sweet Sorrow, which is about the joy and angst of first love, the potency of friendship, the worry and the misery too. I think we can safely trust the author of One Day to bring us another heart-wrenching but comic coming-of-age story.

The West Cork Literary Festival finishes up tomorrow after a fantastic line-up of author discussions, workshops and lectures. Graham Norton will be at The Maritime Hotel, Bantry tonight for a sold-out discussion of his latest novel, A Keeper. Tomorrow, on the final day of the festival, Ian Maleney author of Minor Monuments – part memoir, part collection of essays – will be at the Bantry Bookshop; Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall, will give a talk at 2.30pm at The Maritime Hotel; while Joseph O’Connor and Paraic O’Connell will be in discussion at 8pm at the same location to close the festival.

The John Hewitt Summer School takes place this weekend in Armagh with an aim to explore political and cultural issues through literature and the arts. Lectures, discussions and debates will take place over the next week, with the line-up including poet Mona Arshi, author of BBC’s Shetland series Ann Cleeves, and artist Robert Ballagh. Workshops by authors including Bernie McGill, Jan Carson and Cat Hogan are still open for booking.

Murder One: Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival (November 1-3) is currently running a special midsummer series of events. Next Tuesday July 23 Adrian McKinty will be in conversation with Steve Cavanagh in Pearse Street Library at 6:30pm. Published just last week, McKinty’s latest crime novel, The Chain, is already garnering high praise: according to Stephen King “This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.”

Síomha Connolly

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