Nuala will be Writer in Residence at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris for the month of February. On February 19th she will read from her novel Becoming Belle, alongside fellow Irish historical fiction author, Michele Forbes, author of Edith and Oliver. Details of the reading are here.
Happy 188th birthday Emily Dickinson.
‘We turn not older with the years, but newer every day.’
This is the Miscellany50 show I took part in on Friday night. Very enjoyable to do. My bit about the moon starts at 35 or so and is followed by the gorgeous Clair de Lune by Débussy, played by Denise Crowley. Other contributors include Denise Blake, Louis de Paor and Evelyn Conlon, as well as musicians extraordinaire Honor Hefffernan and the ConTempo Quartet.
Miscellany50 at Project Arts Centre is a celebratory radio festival weekend of short writing and music produced to salute fifty years on air in 2018. Featuring; John Bowman, Mae Leonard, ConTempo String Quartet, John Boland, Honor Heffernan, Richie Buckley, Myles Drennan, Nuala O’Connor, Denise Crowley, Leo Cullen, Denise Blake.
Posted by RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday, 7 December 2018
I have an essay about being anxious and being a writer at Kaleidoscope: ‘Show me mucky, confused people struggling through and gaining small triumphs and fucking up splendidly. They’re the characters I want to read and write about.’ Read it here.
I’m looking forward to taking part in Miscellany50, a celebratory radio festival weekend of short writing and music produced to salute fifty years of Sunday Miscellany, the RTÉ Radio 1 programme. Five concerts at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, will each capture a decade between 1968 and 2018. I chose my birth year, 1970, and my essay ‘Mother Moon’ is about the moon and the Apollo 13 mission.
Miscellany50’s concerts will be recorded and produced for broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2019.
Here’s the line-up for the concert I will take part in:
Friday 7 December, 7.30pm
John Bowman, Mae Leonard, John Boland, Nuala O’Connor, Leo Cullen, Denise Blake, Louis de Paor, Gerald Dawe, Evelyn Conlon, Denis Sexton and Gemma Tipton, Contempo String Quartet, Richie Buckley, Máire Ní Chéilleachair and Jennifer Walshe.
More info on the series of concerts here.
I’m taking part in this Art of Border Living event Weds 14th November, 7pm, with Paul McVeigh & Garret Carr in Poetry Ireland.
I was commisioned to write a WW1 short story, set in Fermanagh, for it. I called it ‘Tin’.
Free event, but tickets must be booked here: https://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/the-art-of-border-living
I’m delighted that my short story about Nora Barnacle, ‘Gooseen’, is shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards. You can read all of the stories at writing.ie and vote for your favourite there, or at the #APIBAS site, which also has all the shortlisted books.
Winners will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on Tuesday 27th November in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.
A lovely excuse for a nice frock and a great, fun night with friends in the Irish literary world. Can’t wait!
I’m in conversation with Sarah Maria Griffin 7.30pm tomorrow 23rd Oct (Tuesday night) in the beautiful DLR Library in Dun Laoghaire. We’ll talk Becoming Belle and writing in general. All welcome!
You can listen back to the Book Show on RTE Radio 1 that I guest presented, about hist fiction. With guests Niamh Boyce, Paul Lynch and Andrew Miller. Here: https://soundcloud.com/thebookshow/the-book-show-s5-12
I’m guest-presenting the Book Show on RTE Radio 1 next Sunday at 7pm. Joining me, to discuss all things historical fiction, are Niamh Boyce to talk about her next novel Her Kind and Paul Lynch to discuss Grace. Andrew Miller joins me on the line from Bath to talk about his new book Now We Shall Be Entirely Free.