Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman in conversation with Evelyn O'Rourke
Join Evelyn O'Rourke as she hosts Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman in conversation.
Donal's new novel From a Low and Quiet Sea is the fourth from the multi-award-winning author of The Spinning Heart. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, the lives of three men are drawn together in the most unexpected of ways. Farouk's country has been torn apart by war. Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John's past torments him as he nears his end. The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. Drawn together in the most unexpected of ways. In Sarah Winman's latest book, Tin Man, a triad also takes centre stage as she explores the relationship of Ellis and Michael, who have been inseparable since boyhood, and Annie, who walks into their lives, changing nothing and everything. Tin Man is a novel infused with memories and a story about alternative lives that might have been lived had circumstances been different.
Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first three novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December and All We Shall Know, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, 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 shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was recently voted 'Irish Book of the Decade'. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, will be published in March 2018. A former civil servant, Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City.
Sarah Winman was an actress, working in theatre in her twenties and early thirties but by 1992 she says she ‘started having my own words’ and turned away from other people’s scripts and realised she wanted to write a novel. It would be another 20 years until that novel was written and published. While taking a course at City Lit ‘Exploring Fiction’, she realised she was already writing what went on to become her highly acclaimed debut, When God Was A Rabbit, a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life and love. Sarah's second novel, A Year of Marvellous Ways is about the relationship between the eighty-nine year old Marvellous, who lives alone in a remote Cornish creek, and Drake, a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.
Evelyn O’Rourke was born in Dublin and joined RTÉ after studying drama and English at Trinity College, Dublin.