The Party: Are you invited?
Edel Coffey chairs a conversation between Elizabeth Day, author of critically acclaimed The Party
, and Lisa McInerney, Bailey's prize-winning author of The Blood Miracles
on the theme of class in their novels. While The Party
is a sharply observant description of the continuing power of class in the upper echelons of London life, The Blood Miracles
renders its central character Ryan's lack of options painfully clear in a Cork which “like all cities, hates its natives”. Despite occupying positions at either end of the class spectrum, is it possible that these finely–drawn characters have more in common than they would like to think? Join these critically acclaimed authors as they tease this question out.
Elizabeth Day is an author and journalist. She is a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Vogue, Grazia, the Radio Times, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, In Style, the Lonely Planet Magazine, The Pool and Cosmopolitan. She is a contributing editor for Harper's Bazaar. A versatile and wide-ranging writer, her work incorporates everything from celebrity interviews to crime reportage. Her debut novel Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award. Her follow-up, Home Fires was an Observer Book of the Year. Her third, Paradise City was named one of the best novels of 2015 in the Observer, Paste Magazine and the Evening Standard, and was People magazine's Book of the Week. Her fourth novel, The Party was published in 2017
Lisa McInerney’s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies The Long Gaze Back, Beyond The Centre and Town and Country. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies was published in 2015 and explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family. It won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. It was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award, longlisted for the 2016 Dylan Thomas Award, and named as a book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post. It has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Czech, Serbian, Polish and Danish. Lisa’s second novel, The Blood Miracles, was published in April 2017. She is currently a contributing editor at The Stinging Fly.
Eden Coffey is a freelance features writer, interviewer and reviewer for the Irish Independent. She also contributes regularly to RTE Radio 1’s nightly arts show, Arena, and review books and film for various media outlets. She is an experienced editor, journalist, broadcaster and researcher and has also worked as Publicity Manager in Ireland for the international publishing group, Hachette.