In the Irish Times this Saturday, Emily Ratajkowski spoke to Laura Kennedy about her book of articles, My Body. Headlines reviewed are Oliver Fary for “Keep Calm and Trust the Science” by Luke O’Neill and The State of Emergency: The Story of the Covid Crisis in Ireland by Richard Chambers; Mia Levitin in The Fell by Sarah Moss; Michael Cronin talks about the best new translations; Keith Duggan on The Breathtaking Nation of George Hamilton; Richard English on Ernie O’Malley: A Life by Cormac KH O’Malley and Harry F Martin; Margaret Keeler About All The Strangers Here: 100 Years of Personal Writing from the Irish Foreign Service, Edited by Angela Byrne, Ragnar Denny Elmquist and Helena Nolan; John Bowen on Bonus Pawns By Declan O’Rourke; Niamh Donnelly for Aisling and the City by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen; Dean Job on the Dublin Railroad Murder: The Thrilling True Story of a Victorian Murder Mystery by Thomas Morris; And Sarah Gilmartin Today Is a Woman Goes Crazy by Hilma Woolitzer.
If you buy a copy of The Irish Times in Eason this weekend, you can also buy Snow by John Banville for €4.99, which is a €6 savings.
Faber publishes an approved biography of John McGirn by academic Frank Shovlin.
Shovlin is professor of Irish literature in English at the University of Liverpool and editor of the John McGahern Letters, which Faber published in September. For more than a decade, he has been researching the author’s life through his archives at the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as in private papers and exclusive interviews with his widow, Madeline McGahern, with whom he will work closely on this autobiography.
Faber said: “This will be the definitive biography of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. As Frank says, the picture of McGirn’s life is inextricably linked with the history of modern Ireland, giving unique insight into a society on the cusp of transformation. However, this would also be a portrait of Intimates of a mysterious artist, illuminating both the man himself and his soul-shattering novels like never before.”
A city famous for its love of a good festival, Dingle Lit anticipates a sale at its venues from November 19-21, with tickets for Michael D. Higgins, Declan O’Rourke, and Diarmaid Ferriter selling up to capacity.
Claire Keegan’s eagerly awaited new novel will discuss little things like these, while the short story will be celebrated with Nicole Flattery and John Patrick McHugh. Skellig rangers, Catherine Merrigan and Robert L. Harris, will discuss their unique life experiences on Skellig Michael.
A hybrid in more ways than one, Dingle Lit has events in Irish and English, live and online! For more details visit dinglelit.ie
Isabel Widener won the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize for her novel ‘mind-boggling’ Sterling Karat Gold, published by Peninsula Press.
Sterling Gold Carats is their third novel and second on the award shortlist, after We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (Dostoyevsky Wannabe) in 2019.
Peninsula described the winning novel as: “Kafka’s Written Trial for the Age of Gaslighting. A surreal investigation into the true effects of state violence on working-class bodies and gender-nonconforming blacks.” Sterling was arrested one morning for doing nothing wrong and “plunging into a horrifying and illogical world”. Sterling, with the help of their three friends, must defy bullfighters, footballers and spaceships to exonerate themselves and hold the authorities accountable.
The shortlist included Claire-Louise Bennett’s Checkout 19, Natasha Brown’s Assembly, Keith Ridgway’s A Shock, Leon Ross’ This One Sky Day and Rebecca Watson’s little scratch.
The chair of the jury, Dr. Neil Stevens, said Weidner brought “sense, vanity, hilarity and anger to an unfettered journey through an unfair justice system.”
Fellow Judge Camilla Shamsi said: “Isabelle Widener collides between the real and the mythical, the beautiful and the wonderful, to a mind-boggling effect. Time travel is constrained by the limitations of Google Maps and experiences outside Hieronymus Bosch have never wowed the human heart in this novel of friendship, art, injustice, and everything imaginable or imaginable. .
Next February, Hachette Books Ireland is set to publish Any Girl by Mia Döring, a personal account of being raped at age 16, and then sexual exploitation and the sex trade in Ireland as a young woman.
Publisher Ciara Considine said, “I can honestly say that this book that fell on my desk had the biggest single impact of any submission in nearly 30 years of publishing. I started reading it at 10:30 p.m., after it was sent to me by Agent Jonathan Williams. straight, and finished just after midnight after I scrambled through the pages. The impact was profound – I was groggy and amazed. “Any Girl” is a unique and extraordinarily brave work that explores the nature of trauma and presents a stunning portrait of physical, mental and emotional landscapes. Both deeply personal and political Smart, I think it’s important memoirs of our times, and a uniquely feminist perspective on cultural issues of importance.”
Döring said, “It means a lot to me that Hachette is publishing my first book. I have struggled for a long time with writing and rewriting it, my own development throughout, and coming to understand what it means to announce such acute personal matters. Although revealing my most private experiences The most painful of all in the public sphere is an act of vulnerability, yet I hope it inspires others to bear their own stories with courage and compassion. It’s hard to talk about sexual violence because our society still can’t respond to it with the empathic courage it deserves. I hope it’s through compassion and the courage within me The book does something to aid in the process. I look forward to reading it and cannot thank Jonathan Williams and Hachette Books Ireland enough for their faith in her and me.”
The Irish Writers Center and Words of Color Productions collaborate to present UPLIFT, a leading new international workshop and mentorship initiative for young people of color with leadership aspirations in the literature sector across Ireland and the UK.
The program seeks to support two color arts practitioners on the island of Ireland between the ages of 18 and 30. Successful candidates will be provided with mentorship and workshops from industry professionals – award-winning writer and publisher Farhana Sheikh (Asian Writer, Dalia Publishing) and award-winning poet and director Nick Makoha (Obsidian Foundation). The ideal mentoring candidates are people who feel they have the power to encourage writers and audiences of color to participate in the Irish Writers Center and to contribute to the broader Irish literary scene.
The workshops will take place on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th March 2022, with mentoring sessions organized between the mentor and the learner. Those interested in applying can learn more on the Irish Writers Center website.
The winners of the third annual Comedy Award for Women in Print (CWIP) were announced this week at Club Groucho in London. The CWIP Award for Published Comic Fiction has been awarded to Jesse Sutanto for her debut adult novel, the madcap kill rom-com, Dial A for Aunties, the story of a matriarchal family of Chinese-Indonesian wedding planners in California that was actually captured by Netflix (HQ). Runner-up was Dolly Alderton for Ghosts.
Joanne Harris, chair of the jury, said, “We all agreed that Dial A for Aunties would be the winner: a frenetic comedy packed with silly situations, hilarious dialogue, wonderful family dynamics, and full of comic energy. Abigail, Ghosts, is a brilliant, intelligent, and fascinating human story that must address Women are everywhere.”
The Unpublished Graphic Novel Award was won by Employment Center worker and single mother, Rebecca Rogers. Her original, anticipating, and hilariously hilarious novel, Purgatory Poisoning seemed to the judges to be inspired by the childhood diet of Blackadder and Monty Python. Rogers won a publishing contract and £5,000 advance from HarperFiction.
Marie-Ann Siegart, former editorial assistant for The Times and author of The Authority Gap, will chair the jury for next year’s Women’s Prize in Fiction. She’s joined by Lauren Candy, award-winning journalist and editor. Dorothy Comson, world-selling novelist, journalist, and podcast analyst; Anita Sethi, award-winning literary writer and journalist; and Pandora Sykes, journalist, broadcaster, and author.
The longlist announcement will be on March 8, the shortlist announcement will be on April 27 and the winner will be on June 15. The winner in 2021 was Susanna Clark Piranesi.
Siegart said, “It is a great honor to have been chosen to chair the jury for the Women’s Prize for Literature. There are so many wonderful contemporary women writers who deserve a better read. I hope our long list, short list, and final winner will inspire new readers, both male and female, to experience an extraordinary variety of fiction.” created by women today.”