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New Irish Voices: Naoise Dolan and Alan Murrin

A moderated discussion event at the Berlin Book Festival

9 June


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Naoise Dolan by Maria Bianchi / Alan Murrin by Lena Obst

Naoise Dolan by Maria Bianchi / Alan Murrin by Lena Obst

The Berlin Book Festival is an annual literary event on the historically resonant Bebelplatz in the centre of Berlin. This year’s festival, opening to the public 8th – 9th June,  comprises of over 80 bookstalls and stands,  and a full weekend of talks, readings and events.

In the framework of Zeitgeist Irland 24, acclaimed authors Naoise Dolan and Alan Murrin will be appearing on stage  on Sunday 9th June at 17:00 for a special event, New Irish Voices, moderated by Kate Ferguson. Ireland is a young and vibrant nation with a longstanding reputation for excellence in literature. Dolan and Murrin will talk about their new works and writing in the context of a changing society on the edge of Europe.

Naoise Dolan was born in Dublin, Ireland. She writes fiction, essays, criticism and features for publications including The London Review of Books, the Guardian and Vogue. Naoise’s debut novel Exciting Times (Aufregende Zeiten) was first published by W&N and became a Sunday Times bestseller. She has been shortlisted and longlisted for several prizes, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Naoise’s second novel, The Happy Couple, was published in 2023, and she is currently based in Berlin. Naoise Dolan’s Das glückliche Paar (The Happy Couple), translated by Anke Caroline Burger, has been published by Rowohlt in April 2024.

Alan Murrin is an Irish writer based in Berlin. His debut novel, The Coast Road, is published by Bloomsbury in May 2024 and the German translation will be published by DTV in Spring 2025. His work has been shortlisted for short story of the year at the Irish Book Awards, and in 2023 he was a recipient of the Irish Arts Council Next Generation Award.


Berliner Bücherfest
10117 Berlin

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