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

Weirdo: Zadie Smith and Nick Laird

in conversation with Sara Keating


DateSaturday March 27th
VenueOnline
Time3pm
Cost€2 - €5
AgeAge 7 +

The Festival Bookseller for this event is Books Upstairs.

Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit - and not everyone understands or approves. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and serendipitous encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality.

Meet Zadie Smith and poet Nick Laird who have teamed up with debut illustrator Magenta Fox to produce a marvellously funny and warm-hearted story about a rather unconventional guinea pig. Hear all about Maud from authors Nick and Zadie in the company of dlr Writer in Residence, Sara Keating.

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time, as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Nick Laird was born in Co. Tyrone in 1975. He’s published three novels, Utterly Monkey, Glover's Mistake, and Modern Gods, and four collections of poetry, To a Fault, On Purpose, Go Giants and Feel Free, and received many awards for his writing, including the Betty Trask Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His last collection, Feel Free, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot award and the Derek Walcott Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he teaches at New York University, and is the Seamus Heaney Chair of Poetry at Queens’ University, Belfast.

Magenta Fox was born in South West London in 1994. After gaining her English degree from the University of Exeter in 2015, she moved back to London to pursue a career in illustration and graphic design. Weirdo is her first book.

Top Right: Nick Laird (©Zadie Smith). Bottom Left: Sara Keating. Bottom Right: Zadie Smith (©Dominique Nabokov).