The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and The WORD Centre for Creative Writing proudly present FIVE IRISH WRITERS, a Spring Series of Public Readings by five of the most exciting contemporary Irish Writers. All are welcome to attend Humanity Manse Seminar Room at 6pm on Tuesday 19th February 2019 - Billy Callaghan, Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Miriam Gamble and Conor O'Callaghan, Tuesday 30th April 2019 - Emilie Pine and Saturday 25th May 2019, as part of WORD @May Festival (time and venue to be confirmed), Bernard MacLaverty.
Billy O'Callaghan is the author of three short story collections: In Exile and In Too Deep (Mercier Press), and The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind (New Island Books), which was honoured with a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award and selected as Cork's "One City, One Book" for 2017. His first novel, The Dead House, was published by Brandon Books/O'Brien Press, and in the U.S. by Arcade in 2018. A recipient of the 2013 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year, and a 2010 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award for Literature, his story, "The Boatman" was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. (Tuesday 19th February, Humanity Manse, 6 pm)
Miriam Gamble was born in Brussels and grew up in Belfast. She is the author of three collections of poetry, all published by Bloodaxe Books: Pirate Music, The Squirrels Are Dead, and What Planet. She has been the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and a Somerset Maugham Award, and lectures in creative writing at Edinburgh University. (Tuesday 23rd April, Humanity Manse, 6 pm)
Conor O’Callaghan was born in Newry and is the author of five collections of poetry, all with Gallery Press, including most recently Live Streaming. He is also the author of Roy Keane and the Football Civil War, and a novel, Nothing On Earth, and lectures at Sheffield Hallam University. (Tuesday 23rd April, Humanity Manse, 6 pm)
Emilie Pine is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction volume Notes to Self (Tramp Press). She is also an associate professor at University College Dublin, and the director of the Irish Memory Network, as well as editor of the Irish University Review. (Tuesday 30th April, Humanity Manse, 6 pm)
Novelist, playwright, screenwriter and librettist Bernard MacLaverty has also written fiction for children and five collections of short stories. Among his many acclaimed works are Cal, Grace Notes and, most recently, Midwinter Break in 2017. Born in Belfast in 1942, Bernard moved to Scotland in the 1970s, was much-loved as Aberdeen University's Writer-in-Residence 1983-85 and now lives in Glasgow.
(Saturday 25th May as part of WORD @May Festival, time and venue to be confirmed).