Award-win­ning au­thors share their ex­pe­ri­ences

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Ark­low’s As­gard The­atre hosted its first lit­er­ary event last Thurs­day as two best-sell­ing lo­cal writ­ers took to the stage to talk about the writ­ing process and their jour­neys into print.

Adele O’Neill and Eleanor O’Reilly shared their ex­pe­ri­ences in con­ver­sa­tion with award-win­ning di­rec­tor Imelda Mc­Don­agh.

Eleanor’s de­but novel, M for Mammy, was pub­lished ear­lier this year. A pop­u­lar teacher of English and Clas­si­cal Stud­ies at Gorey Com­mu­nity School, she has re­ceived sev­eral lit­er­ary prizes, in­clud­ing the 2015 RTE Francis McManus Ra­dio Short Story Award and the 2013 Wil­liam Trevor In­ter­na­tional Short Story Award.

Adele’s first novel, Brothers and Sis­ters, won the An­nie McHale De­but Novel Award 2017. Her se­cond book, Be­hind A Closed Door, was pub­lished last year. Her third novel, When The Time Comes, is due for re­lease in 2019.

Dur­ing the event, the two writ­ers shared de­tails of their creative process from cre­at­ing char­ac­ters to reach­ing word­counts and de­vel­op­ing the dis­ci­pline re­quired to com­plete a novel. The pair also talked about their ex­pe­ri­ences of the pub­li­ca­tion process from find­ing an agent to seeing their novel in print.

The evening in­cluded a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion for bud­ding writ­ers and lit­er­ary en­thu­si­asts. ‘It was a su­per night,’ said Colm Moules, Ark­low Mu­sic and Arts PRO. ‘Thanks to all for com­ing.’

Julie New, Colm Moules, Yvonne Kenny and Paul Pritchard.

Au­thors Adele O’Neill and Eleanor O’Reilly with Imelda Mc­Don­agh (cen­tre) at the As­gard The­atre.

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