John Banville in conversation with Maureen Kennelly
Picking up where Henry James left off, John Banville's latest novel, Mrs Osmond
, reimagines the famously ambiguous ending of The Portrait of A Lady
. In his trademark rich prose, John brings familiar characters back to life, and creates a deeply moving psychological portrait of the aftermath of a betrayal.
Hosting this conversation will be Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland and former lead programmer of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He has been the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1976), the Guardian Fiction Prize (1981), the Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award (1989), and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1997). He has been both shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1989) and awarded the Man Booker Prize (2005) as well as nominated for the Man Booker International Prize (2007). Other awards include the Franz Kafka Prize (2011), the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2013), and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature (2014). He lives in Dublin.
Maureen Kennelly is Director of Poetry Ireland and was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray and has also worked with Fishamble, Druid, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and The Arts Council. She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea Books Festival, Dún Laoghaire in 2013 and 2014. She was Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature for 2009 and 2010.