Donal Ryan in conversation with Michael Hughes

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Thursday, 30 July 2020
7:30 pm
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Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first four novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, All We Shall Know and From a Low and Quiet Sea have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted ‘Irish Book of the Decade’.

His latest novel, Strange Flowers, is a beautifully moving, literary story of a family devastated by a sudden disappearance and transformed by a miraculous return. Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

Donal Ryan will read from and Strange Flowers and discuss his work with Michael Hughes, the acclaimed author of Country and The Countenance Divine. A successful stage and screen actor, Michael Hughes teaches Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

“One of the finest writers writing in Ireland today.” - John Burnside

“His paragraphs are always unnoticeably beautiful, his heart is always on show, and he writes with a social accuracy that is devastating.” - Anne Enright

“Enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate … ferocious but humane.” - Colin Barrett

Biographies

Donal Ryan was born in County Tipperary and now lives in County Limerick.  His first four novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, All We Shall Know and From a Low and Quiet Sea have all been published to major acclaim. His latest novel, Strange Flowers, (pub Aug 2020) is a beautifully moving, literary story of a family devastated by a sudden disappearance and transformed by a miraculous return.  Donal Ryan is one of the most talented and empathetic contemporary Irish writers at work today.

Michael Hughes

Michael is the acclaimed author of Country and The Countenance Divine.   Country is his take on Homer’s Iliad, while the historical timelines of The Countenance Divine interweave to explore literary heritage and millenarian theology.  A successful stage and screen actor, he teaches Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

Michael Hughes

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