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Naoise Dolan, Ferdia Lennon & Audrey Magee: Voices from the Island

Three Irish writers explore questions of island identity and place.

21 March


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Photos by Conor Horgan, Maria Bianchi, and Jonathan Hession

Photos by Conor Horgan, Maria Bianchi, and Jonathan Hession

How does coming from an island on the edge of Europe influence the work of these three writers? Do islands have a natural place in Irish writing? Magda Birkmann speaks to Naoise Dolan, Ferdia Lennon and Audrey Magee about finding the universal in the particular.

Naoise Dolan, whose debut novel Exciting became a Sunday Times bestseller, presents her latest book, The Happy Couple. She has been shortlisted and longlisted for several prizes, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Ferdia Lennon presents debut novel Glorious Exploits. His short stories have appeared in publications such as the Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. In 2019 and 2021 he received Literature Bursary Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. Audrey Magee will be presenting The Colony, longlisted for the Booker Prize. She has worked for twelve years as a journalist writing for The Times, The Irish Times, Observer and the Guardian.

This event is presented by the Embassy of Ireland in Germany and Literature Ireland in partnership with Exberliner magazine and with support from Curious Fox Books.

Following from this event, Naoise Dolan, Audrey Magee and Ferdia Lennon will be appearing at the Leipzig Book fair at these free, unticketed events:

22.03., 16:00 – 17:00, Forum Weltweit, Leipzig Buchmesse
Whose voice is it, anyway? Naoise Dolan, Ferdia Lennon & Audrey Magee

23.03., 16:00 – 17:00, Cafe Europa, Leipzig Buchmesse
Writing in the Past to Make Sense of the Present: Ferdia Lennon & Audrey Magee

23.03., 18:00 – 19:00, naTo, Leipzig City Centre
Charting Millennial Relationships: Naoise Dolan on The Happy Couple

Literature Ireland is the national agency in Ireland for the promotion of Irish literature abroad. It works to build an international awareness and appreciation of contemporary Irish literature, primarily in translation. A not-for-profit organisation funded by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council, and  operating since 1995, Literature Ireland has funded the translation of over 2,000 works of Irish literature into 56 languages around the world.


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