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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

North by North West

Louise Kennedy, Una Mannion and Rick O’Shea in conversation

DateSunday March 28th
Cost€5 - €10

The Festival Bookseller for this event is The Gutter Bookshop.

A wonderful opportunity to hear from two exceptional writers. Louise's stunning debut short story collection, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac is packed with visceral, brilliantly crafted stories in which the natural world is a primitive salve. Una Mannion’s A Crooked Tree explores how actions have terrible unintended consequences.

'What none of them know as they drive off leaving their 12-year-old sister on the side of the road five miles from home, with the dark closing in around her, is what will happen next.'

Una Mannion was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and throughout her childhood, she and her siblings spent summers visiting County Sligo, Ireland where their father was born. In the 1990s, Una settled there. For over twenty years she has taught at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. In 2014, Una joined the Sandy Field Writers’ and has been writing ever since. Recently, she completed an MA in Writing from NUI Galway and is programme chair of the new BA in Writing and Literature at IT Sligo.  She lives in Sligo with her husband and three children.

Louise Kennedy was one of the inaugural Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellows at Queen’s. Her publication record includes fiction in journals such as The Tangerine, The Stinging Fly, Banshee and Winter Papers, food writing for The Guardian and Irish Times, short scripts for RTE Radio 1 and a commission for BBC Radio 4 Short Works. She was short-listed for Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in both 2019 and 2020.

Rick O'Shea is a broadcaster with RTE - weekday mornings on RTE Gold and presenting The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club (Ireland’s largest), chooses the quarterly Must Reads lists for Eason with author Sinead Moriarty, and recommends books on RTE Radio 1’s Today Show. In recent years he has been a judge for the Costa Book Awards and judging chair for the Dalkey Literary Awards. He regularly hosts public author interviews and has previously been literary curator for the UCD Festival and Waterford Writers Weekend. He has written pieces for two anthologies due to be published in 2021.

L: Louise Kennedy. M: Una Mannion (©Brónagh Holmes). R: Rick O'Shea.