Join Una Mannion in conversation about her debut novel, A Crooked Tree, published in January 2021. Music on the night will be performed by Irene Hennessy. Una will be interviewed by second-year students from the BA in Writing + Literature at Sligo IT, Lauren Baker and David North. Questions can be submitted via Zoom for Una during the evening. There is also an Open Mic segment for limited numbers, please email [email protected] if you wish to take part.

Una Mannion has won numerous prizes for her short fiction and poetry including The Hennessy New Irish Writing Poetry Award, The Cúirt International Short Fiction Award, Doolin short story prize, Ambit fiction award, Allingham short fiction prize among others.

Along with writers Louise Kennedy and Eoin McNamee, Una edits The Cormorant, a broadsheet of poetry and prose. She is programme chair of the BA Writing + Literature at IT Sligo.

Her work has been published in numerous journals such as Winter Papers and her stories have been included in recent collections including The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories edited by Sinéad Gleeson.

Irene Hennessy is a Sligo based singer who has gigged with bands in many well-known venues in Sligo and across the country. Having sung and played music throughout her childhood, Irene went on to study Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin graduating in 2018. She will be accompanied by Dúaltagh and Michael Holmes.

Praise for A Crooked Tree:

“I was quickly brought under the spell of this novel, which is filled with pathos, nostalgia, and the best kind of suspense. Una Mannion has beautifully captured the experience of being a child on the verge of adulthood, struggling to fill in the gaps in her understanding of the world around her without much help or mentorship. This is a novel about the way that adults fail children, but also about the moment a child first understands that the adults around her are human–and the empathy that comes with that realization.”

— Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River

“A Crooked Tree is completely entrancing—as suspenseful as a good thriller, steeped in an aching nostalgia but unflinchingly sharp-sighted. I tore through this novel.”

— Julia Pierpont, New York Times bestselling author of Among the Ten Thousand Things

“A Crooked Tree is a fiercely compelling novel about young people staring into a gritty adult world and fighting for their place in it. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to find out what happened to these kids. Una Mannion shoots the lights out with this thrilling literary debut.”

— Patrick Ryan, author The Dream Life of Astronauts

“Suspenseful, affecting, and disarmingly evocative of childhood and the not-so-distant era of the 1980s.”

— Kirkus Reviews