To celebrate the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book choice, The Long Gaze Back, we invite you to enjoy a special evening of readings, discussion, and songs featuring authors Anne Enright, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney, editor Sinéad Gleeson, dramatised readings from actor Cathy Belton, and music by acclaimed singer and musician Lisa Hannigan.
Anne Enright was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. A leading contemporary voice, her work has won many awards including the Man Booker for The Gathering in 2007 and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for The Forgotten Waltz in 2012. Her latest novel The Green Road was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2017. She lives and works in Dublin, her native town.
Sinéad Gleeson is the editor of The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, two anthologies of stories by Irish women writers.Her own collection of essays Constellations will be published in 2019 by Picador.
Christine Dwyer Hickey has published seven novels, one short story collection and a full-length play. The Cold Eye of Heaven won the Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Tatty was nominated for the Orange Prize and was one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade. Her short story collection, The House on Parkgate Street was published in 2013. Her latest novel The Lives of Women, was published in April 2015.
Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies Beyond The Centre, The Long Gaze Back and Town and Country. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Lisa’s second novel, The Blood Miracles, was published by John Murray in April 2017.
Madeleine Keane is the Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent
Cathy Belton is an acclaimed actor. Her recent screen credits include Philomena, A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman and My Name Is Emily, (dir. Simon Fitzmaurice). She recently acted in Mark O’Rowe’s play The Approach.
Lisa Hannigan has released three albums: Sea Sew (2008), Passenger(2011), and At Swim (2016). Her music has received award nominations both in Ireland and the USA.