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Readers Day 2016

Anne Enright, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Dermot Bolger, Joseph O'Connor, Catherine Dunne, Myles Dungan, Katie Donovan

Date: Saturday 15th October

Time: 10.30am - 4pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium

Admission: €12/€10

Join renowned writers for a relaxed and intimate day of readings and public conversations chaired by Dermot Bolger. This year’s line-up features awardwinning authors Anne Enright, Jospeph O’Connor, Catherine Dunne and Marita Conlon-McKenna, broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan and poet Katie Donovan. Get books signed by your favourite authors on the day!

Anne Enright is the author of six novels, three short story collections, and one nonfiction book. She was awarded the Man Booker prize for her fourth novel, The Gathering (2007). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award, the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in literature and was named as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. Her most recent book is The Green Road.

Marita Conlon-McKenna is one of Ireland’s favourite authors. Her books include the award-winning Under the Hawthorn Tree which is set during Ireland’s great famine. Widely translated and published, it is now considered an Irish classic. Her other books include bestseller The Magdalen. She is a winner of the International Reading Association Award, USA and a former chair person of Irish PEN. Her latest bestselling novel, Rebel Sisters, explores the real life story of the Gifford sisters, who rebel against their privileged upbringing and immerse themselves in the revolutionary tumult of early 20th century.

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. This is his fourteenth year to curate and present Reader’s Day. Last autumn saw the publication of his Selected Poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious. His 12th novel, Tanglewood, appeared in 2015 and earlier this year he published his latest novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky, a fictionalised homage to the Irish sailors of his father’s generation who undertook dangerous wartime voyages to Lisbon, sailing alone and regularly were attacked despite being armed with nothing except an innate sense of decency. Bolger writes for all of Ireland’s

leading newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.

Born in Dublin, Joseph O’Connor is the author of two short-story collections, five non-fiction books, many radio diaries and eight novels, including Star of the Sea, Ghost Light and The Thrill of it All. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He has also written film scripts and stage-plays including the award-winning Red Roses and Petrol. His novel Star of the Sea won France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, the Irish Post Award for Fiction, the Neilsen Bookscan Golden Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Prix Litteraire Zepter for European Novel of the Year.

Catherine Dunne is the author of nine novels including The Things We Know Now, which won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. She has also published one work of non-fiction: a social history of Irish immigrants in London, called An Unconsidered People. Her novels have been short listed for, among others, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Italian Booksellers’ Prize. Her work has been translated into many languages and her most recent novel, The Years That Followed, was published in March 2016.

Myles Dungan is a broadcaster and historian. He presents The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1 and his weekly ‘On This Day’ column for Drivetime is in its second year. He has also compiled and presented a number of award-winning historical documentaries. He is the author of numerous works on Irish and American history and holds a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. His books include The Captain and the King and, most recently, How the Irish Won the West – a refreshing take on Irish-American history, which reveals the true story of Irish immigrants and their descendants.

Katie Donovan is a poet whose her fifth collection, Off Duty is published by Bloodaxe Books in autumn, 2016. Reared on a farm in Co Wexford, Katie is a long-time resident of Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. A former features writer with the Irish Times, Donovan lectures in Creative Writing at NUI Maynooth. Her powerful new collection combines Donovan’s unflinching insight into our human foibles with her exceptional descriptive gift.

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