Events

BRENDAN O’CONNOR SHOW & SUNDAY TIMES – SEABORNE

The link to my interview with Brendan O’Connor on RTÉ Radio 1 is HERE. We talked autism, sobriety, anxiety meds, secrets, Anne Bonny, and more. He was very nice and friendly and I enjoyed the chat.

More chat from me in the Sunday Times yesterday – this time an essay I wrote about autism, tiny fictions, stims and more. See below.

GALWAY BOOK LAUNCH & ARENA INTERVIEW

We launched Seaborne in style at the Druid Mick Lally Theatre in Galway on Tuesday. Huge thanks to launcher Edel Coffey, my gorgeous editor Aoife K. Walsh, Marketing & Publicity Manager at New Island Des Doyle, all who came out to set sail with Anne, and to Manuela Moser and all the Cúirt team.

And I was on RTÉ Radio’s ARENA last night with lovely Seán Rocks. You can listen back here.

SEABORNE PUBLICATION DAY

It’s publication day for SEABORNE and I am giddy 🙂 The novel is available in all Irish book shops and from my publisher New Island. Kennys offer free national postage, buy here.

If you want to buy in the UK, go to Waterstone’s, or Blackwell’s, or, if you prefer, Amazon.

I got some sweet cards from my family, including this Paper Bear pirate boat from my lovely cousin. And my husband, Finbar, also gave me an enormous whale plate, which I adore.

I’m doing a book / tote / other goodies giveaway over on my Instagram so do join me there today.

KENNYS SIGNING – SEABORNE

I signed 100 copies of Seaborne at Kennys Book Shop yesterday afternoon; and the visitors’ book! I also did my first ever reading from the novel, filmed by Dean Kelly for the Kennys YouTube channel (will link when it’s ready). It’s always a pleasure to visit this historical, storied place, teetering with books and stunning art. Thanks to the whole crew for the warm welcome 💚

Photos: Dean Kelly & Finbar McLoughlin

LAUNCHES – SEABORNE

We’re having Galway and Dublin launches for SEABORNE. 23rd April and 1st May respectively. Edel Coffey will do the honours in Galway and Mia Gallagher in Dublin.

The Cúirt launch in Galway is sold out, but it might be worth trying for a cancellation ticket. See here.

For the Dublin launch on the 1st of May, RSVP to this email: rsvp@newisland.ie.

SEABORNE (and other) EVENTS 2024

April’s here and SEABORNE hits the shelves on the 19th, so I’m gearing up for events in Ireland and elsewhere. Hope to meet some of ye along the way. You can pre-order the novel here.

SEABORNE EVENTS:

19th April                     Publication day, SEABORNE

23rd April, 7.30pm      Launch event, Cúirt                            Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

1st May                        Launch event                                      Hodges Figgis, Dublin

19th May, 4pm             ILFD                                                   Dublin

12th July, 8.30pm        West Cork Lit Festival                        Marino Church, Bantry       

26th July                       Hewitt School                                     Armagh

4th to 6th Oct                Kinsale Literary Festival                    Cork

OTHER EVENTS:

14th May                      Nuala interviewing Anne Enright       NLI, Dublin

4th – 10th June              Short Story Festival                            Croatia

15th June                      Bloomsday event                                Gallery X, Dublin

NORA IN NEW YORK

Nora Barnacle

I’m off to NYC next week for the last of my NORA events – it’s been a wild, action-packed two years.

Anyone NY-based can catch me at one (or all!) of the following events – I’d love to see you. Register early!

Thurs 8th Dec: On the 8th I’m at the Jefferson Library (where the trial for Ulysses took place) for a film, launch, and in-convo with Jane Applegate and Kerri Maher, and you can register here.

Fri. 9th Dec: I’m doing a Meet the Author lunch on Fri. Dec. 9th, with my agent Gráinne Fox, at the Irish Business Organization of New York. More here.

Fri. 9th Dec: Also on the 9th I’ll be at the Center for Fiction with the James Joyce Society and there is more at this link here.

Winner – Irish Short Story of the Year

I was genuinely delighted to win Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards for my story This Small Giddy Life about two daughters and their wandering, wonderful mother who gets dementia. My own mother is living with this curious condition, so it is a close-to-my-heart story. You can read the story in the New Island anthology, A Little Unsteadily Into Light, available here.

Thanks so much to An Post (awards sponsors) and writing.ie (short story award sponsors), especially Vanessa O’Loughlin. Thanks to New Island books and editor Jan Carson, for commissioning the story. We had a lovely night of celebration last night at the Convention Centre in Dublin. See my insta for (not many more) pics here.

Shortlisting – Short Story of the Year

Shortlisted! My dementia story *This Small Giddy Life* from the New Island Books anthology A Little Unsteadily Into Light is up for the writing.ie Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022. We had a lovely shortlisters’ event at the GPO last night. This story is meaningful to me as I took elements of my mother’s dementia to fictionalise. She’s still with us, and doing well, TG.

Voting is open now, see all shortlistees below: Vote here.

Thanks to editors Jan Carson & Jane Lugea and all at New Island & Vanessa of Writing.ie. This is my fifth Book Awards shortlisting, maybe this year I’ll take something home other than memories of a great, chat-filled, glammy night. The big event is the 23rd November and I can’t wait!

Neil Paul of Tertulia Books, Mayo, and Nuala
The 2002 Story of the Year shortlist