Donal Ryan is the author of four bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won numerous awards, among them the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, and three Irish Book Awards. He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low And Quiet Sea. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and translated into over twenty languages. The Spinning Heart was voted Irish Book of the Decade in 2016 in a nationwide poll run by Dublin Book Festival. His sixth book, Strange Flowers, will be published worldwide in Spring 2020. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
The festival committee are delighted to welcome Donal, a local who was born just outside of Nenagh. Donal will be reading from and discussing his work at Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday 5 October, with poet Jane Clarke.
Enjoy an evening in the company of poet Jane Clarke and novelist Donal Ryan, who will read from their work and discuss their writing.
Siobhán McSweeney, actor and star of Derry Girls, will open the evening by reading one of her own short stories. This event will be chaired by Edel Coffey.