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26/01/2018 -

The Word - Monthly Author Reading

Sligo Central Library are pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration with staff and students of the new BA (Hons) in Writing and Literature IT Sligo The Word; a new monthly Author Reading, Q&A and Open Mic at Sligo Central Library will be launched on Wednesday 31st January in Sligo Central Library at 6.30pm.

All are Welcome to this free event, no booking required.

We are delighted to host award winning authors Eoin McNamee and Louise Kennedy reading from their work on our launch night.

Dr. Una Mannion, Programme Chair BA (Hons) Writing and Literature IT Sligo will facilitate Author Q&A afterwards.

An Open Mic slot follows, and as the title suggests, this can be prose, poetry, non-fiction or music.

There are a limited number of spaces and those who wish to register can do so on the night.

Eoin McNamee is the author of Resurrection Man, The Blue Tango, The Ultras, 12:23, and the 2015 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Orchid Blue & Blue Is the Night. The Guardian describes his murder thrillers as drawn from the history books of Northern Ireland, explaining that “what begins as a crime thriller gradually builds not only into a political novel of the highest order but also that rare phenomenon, a genuinely tragic work of art”.

His work for children includes The Navigator trilogy, - The Navigator, City of Time and The Frost Child. The film version of Resurrection Man, for which he wrote the script, was released in 1998. McNamee also wrote the script for I Want You, a film directed by Michael Winterbottom. Under the pseudonym John Creed, he has written The Sirius Crossing, The Day of the Dead and Black Cat Black Dog all of which feature intelligence officer Jack Valentine. He was awarded the McCauley Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990. He lives in County Sligo.

Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co Down. She has been cooking and running restaurants for twenty five years and started writing in January 2014. Now the toothpaste is out of the tube and it won’t go back in. She lives in Sligo and writes in a shed in her garden while her husband, son and daughter are sleeping. Louise won first both first place and runner up in Ambit Fiction Competition 2015, and first place in Wasifiri New Writing Prize (Life Writing) 2015. Shortlists include Fish 2015, both Short Story and Short Memoir categories, Allingham Flash Fiction 2015. Louise’s writing has featured in The Stinging Fly,  Ambit, The Tangerine, Wasifiri and The Incubator, and on Sunday Miscellany and Arena RTE Radio 1. An MA Creative Writing graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Louise is now completing her PhD.

Author Reading with Eoin McNamee and Louise Kennedy




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