Galway writer signs six-figure book deal
alway writer has signed a six-figure deal with Bloomsbury Children’s Books for her novel, The Storm Keeper’s Island. Doyle said: “Having grown up listening to my grandfather’s stories of daring sea rescues and adventures on Arranmore Island, it’s wonderful to be able to write a magical island story that has been inspired by them.”
the Toronto-born former Irish Times foreign corrrespondent, has been shortlisted for Canada’s for Minds of Winter, earning C$10,000 (¤6,800). If he wins on November 20th, he will receive C$100,000.
The jury said: “Bright moments from the distant past spring up beside dark moments from the present, things hidden — a death, a gift, a lost clock — come briefly into view and then disappear forever. In Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin’s brilliant story of Polar exploration, time itself is an Arctic: a mysterious dimension of sun craze and apparitions, chance encounters and destiny. The mechanism of this novel is fascinating to observe, its implications are deeply human. In O’Loughlin’s work, our desire for knowledge, our obsession with the past, our grappling with life itself... all of it is generously, wittily on display.”
A Line Made by Walking, the second novel by has been shortlisted for the
The winner of this year’s prize, worth £10,000 and previously won by Eimear McBride and Kevin Barry, will be revealed on November 15th.
first two books, In the Woods and The Likeness, are
Doyle Ed O’Loughlin, smiths Prize. Giller Prize, Sara Baume, Gold- Tana French’s
to be adapted by Sarah Phelps for a new BBC TV murder-mystery series. Filming of
will begin in Dublin and Belfast next year.
The Well Review, whose debut issue included a poem that was then shortlisted for a Forward Prize, is running a
on Fund It to help cover the costs of its second issue, which will feature new poems by Leontia
Murders campaign The Dublin crowdfunding
Flynn, John Kelly, Matthew Sweeney, Dorianne Laux, Gregory Orr and others. Rewards include a limited edition illustrated broadside of a Doireann Ni Ghríofa poem and signed copies of Maggie Smith’s new work, Good Bones. fundit.ie/project/the-well-review-issue-two
is in conversation with Eithne Shortall in the Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, next Wednesday, October 11th, at 7.30pm, as part of the DLR Library Voices Series. Eventbrite.ie
A one-day seminar to mark the centenary of the death of
organised by Meath County Council and the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee with Gerald Dawe of Trinity College Dublin, takes place in Slane Castle on Saturday, October 14th. firstname.lastname@example.org
University College Dublin hosts a two-day conference at the Humanities Institute on October 13th-14th titled Single Lives. Academics will discuss 200 years of independent women across literature, popular culture and media and how this has shaped society, including race, sexuality, class and political movements. The keynote address, at 6.30pm on October 13th in the National Library of Ireland, will be given by
author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation and Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women. Admission is free, but to book, email email@example.com
is the latest big name to be announced for Belfast’s inaugural
Ledwidge, Aidan Gillen
NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival.
The actor, whose credits include The Wire and Peaky Blinders, will discuss crime writing for the screen with Derry crime author Brian McGilloway on Saturday, October 28th. The Irish Times Book Club also heads north that day. Books Editor Martin Doyle will talk to Melbourne-based author
about his Edgar Award winning thriller, Rain Dogs. The festival takes place in the Europa Hotel from Friday to Sunday, October 27th to 29th.
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Catherine Doyle: author of The Storm Keeper’s Island Rebecca Traister,