The whole month was a blast, from my first stop in London, on to Galway, then lots of events in Dublin, and finally to Monaco. It was exhausting and educational, a pleasure and a privilege. Thanks to Anne-Marie Kelly and Jackie Lynam of the Dublin Unesco City of Literature office in Dublin City Libraries, all the hosts and partners, and every person who came out to listen to me and to discuss Nora Barnacle and James Joyce. Buíochas ó chroí.
I have several events coming up, many around my novel NORA, which was published here in Ireland in April with New Island Books, so I thought I’d do a preview/round-up list:
12th Sep, 9am GMT: SUNDAY MISCELLANY: I’ll be on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday morning with a radio essay about my relationship with my name, Nuala. More here.
17th Sep, 7pm GMT: CULTURE NIGHT: I’m in an artist collective here in Ballinasloe, Group 8, and we’re holding the opening of our annual exhib, UNBOUND, on Culture Night at the Town Hall Theatre in Ballinasloe. My work is a photo book with extracts from an essay I wrote about crying, that featured in Banshee. More here.
18th Sep, 4.30pm GMT: SHORELINES ARTS FEST, PORTUMNA. I’m doing an in-person fiction event with Louise Kennedy in the church. Tickets and more here.
19th Sep, 10am GMT: RETREAT WEST FLASH FESTIVAL. I’m doing an online event – delivering a keynote on writing flash and answering questions too. Tickets and more here.
15th Oct, 11am GMT: CHELTENHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL. I’m doing an in-person event on biofiction with the wondrous Connie Palmen. More here.
22nd Oct, TBC GMT: WESTPORT ARTS FESTIVAL. I’m doing an in-person event on biofiction and women. More to come, keep an eye here.
27th Oct, 8pm GMT: HOPE FOUNDATION BOOK CLUB. I’m doing an online event with NORA. More to come, keep an eye here.
I had a gorgeous time talking with the Irish contingent in the Irish Embassy Berlin about NORA and James Joyce. You can watch back here: https://youtu.be/kSY8Zbdxbb8
14th June, 10pm IST: I will in conversation with Kerri Maher on Instagram at 5pm EST/10pm IST. Kerri’s book about Sylvia Beach appears in 2022.
15th June, 5pm IST/6pm ECT: I will be discussing NORA with the Irish Embassy of Belgium Book Club.
* 16th June, Bloomsday *
3.15pm IST: I’ll be talking about Bloomsday on the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland.
6pm IST: I am taking part in the James Joyce Centre in Dublin’s annual Bloomsday flagship event for Ulysses: Readings and Songs which runs on Facebook Live from 6pm.
7pm IST/2pm ET: I will be discussing life writing and NORA with the University of Notre Dame & the Kylemore Book Club. More here.
7pm IST, RTÉ 1 television: I feature on Nationwide with Anne Cassin. We go to Galway city and explore Nora and James Joyce’s haunts there. We also go to Kennys book shop. You can watch the piece on the RTE Player.
7.30pm IST: I speak about NORA with the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of their Bloomsday ‘In Praise of Women’ celebration. Watch the video here. My bit starts at 25 mins.
I am interviewed by founding editor & publisher of the The Stinging Fly literary magazine, Declan Meade, for The Stinging Fly podcast. It is available now here.
17th June: I’ll be on the Wexford-based Red Books podcast talking with Álanna Hammel about NORA, James Joyce, and writing bio-fiction. Link to follow!
17th June, 7pm Berlin/6pm Ireland: I will be reading from and discussing NORA with Melanie Neumann of the Embassy of Ireland in Berlin. Sign up here.
My radio essay about Nora Barnacle, James Joyce, and geese, on today’s Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1, is now on the RTÉ website. My bit starts around 11:11 – listen at this link.
I recorded myself reading the title story from my flash chapbook *birdie*. You can listen/watch on YouTube here.