Join us LIVE in Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th April, for a special edition of The Word with award-winning and acclaimed LOUISE KENNEDY, for the launch of her debut novel, Tresspasses. Louise will be in conversation Sligo Library Writer in Residence for Sligo Libraries, Susan McKay.
With live music with Cathy Jordan.
This is a FREE, unticketed event and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
‘This writer does not stint’ Anne Enright, Observer
‘Kennedy’s voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric’ Sunday Times
‘A literary star is born’ Irish Examiner
Trespasses: Cushla Lavery lives with her mother in a small town near Belfast. At twenty-four, she splits her time between her day job as a teacher to a class of seven-year-olds, and regular bartending shifts in the pub owned by her family. It’s here, on a day like any other – as the daily news rolls in of another car bomb exploding, another man shot, killed, beaten or left for dead – that she meets Michael Agnew, an older (and married) barrister who draws her into his sophisticated group of friends.
When the father of a young boy in her class, becomes the victim of a savage attack, Cushla is compelled to help his family. But as her affair with Michael intensifies, political tensions in the town escalate, threatening to destroy all she is working to hold together.
As tender as it is unflinching, Trespasses is a masterfully executed and intimate portrait of those caught between the warring realms of the personal and political, rooted in a turbulent and brutally imagined moment of history – where it’s not just what you do that matters, but what you are.
Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. Her short stories have appeared in journals including The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, Banshee, Wasifiri and Ambit and she has written for the Guardian, Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1. Her work has won prizes and she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in both 2019 and 2020. Before starting her writing career, she spent nearly thirty years working as a chef. She lives in Sligo with her husband and two children.
Critical acclaim for The End of the World is a Cul de Sac
‘Dazzling … With their sensitivity to people’s vulnerabilities and failings, and their sharpness of imagery, these 15 taut tales recall Annie Proulx at her best: salty, wise, droll and keen to share the lessons of a lifetime’ Guardian
‘Like 15 novels squeezed between two covers, ready to blow your mind. The only other writer I can think of who packs this much moving, terrible life into each story is Alice Munro. All hail Louise Kennedy’ Emma Donoghue
‘Outstanding … A storyteller of stunning gifts and immense authority. This is writing that makes Francis Bacon at his bleakest seem like Mary Poppins’ Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times
‘These stories sing, haunt and inspire laughter. One of the best Irish short story collections I’ve read in years. If you want to learn how to write fiction, read this book’ Sinéad Gleeson
‘Darkly funny, beautifully crafted, intense – an outstanding first collection from a natural story writer’ Kevin Barry
‘Louise Kennedy’s collection will stop you in your tracks … Profound, beautiful and essential’
‘Superb … Outstanding … Gritty, bitter, hard-won, the 15 stories in this first collection feel a world away from the seeming solipsism of the younger generation of female Irish writers who are conquering the literary world … Kennedy’s voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric’
‘Dark, funny, brilliantly downbeat’ Daily Mail
‘To carve such gilded stories as these from such fathomless gorges of despair would be an accomplishment for an old master, let alone for a relative newbie. Yet Kennedy’s spritz of humour, as black as the holes these women are in, elevates her stories from downbeat to transcendent’ Sunday Independent
‘Masterful … She can make you laugh and wince at once … A writer very much in control of her craft’ Irish Independent
‘Authoritative, beautifully honed … Reminiscent in style of the late William Trevor’
Sunday Business Post
‘Breath-taking … A literary star is born’ Irish Examiner
Roscommon born Cathy Jordan has been a professional singer with traditional group Dervish for nearly 30 years. She has led Dervish as front woman through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries and has 16 albums under her belt. Among the most notable performances were The Great Wall of China and the biggest rock music festival in the world – Rock in Rio to over 250,000 people.
Dervish’ most recent album The Great Irish Songbook was released last year on Rounder records and features duets with Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Imelda May, David Gray and more. Over the years Cathy has picked up many awards for her contribution to traditional Irish music including BBC Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, Sligo Cultural Ambassador 2018, Annie McNulty Award 2014 and The Freedom of The City of Sligo in 2010.
The Open Mic is a first-come, first-serve bases limited to five names. Names are taken on the evening, participants are asked to keep within a three minute time-frame.
The Word, Wednesday 27th of April, will take place in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6.30pm. This is a free unticketed event with limited seating, doors close at 6.30pm. .
This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.
The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at ATU.
There is no charge for this event.
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