Gal­way writer signs six-fig­ure book deal

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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. fun­­view-is­sue-two

Bernard MacLaverty

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.

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. info@fran­cisled­

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 sin­gle­

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.

McKinty Fran­cis Adrian

Cather­ine Doyle: au­thor of The Storm Keeper’s Is­land Re­becca Trais­ter,

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