Join us for The Word, Sligo County Libraries monthly Author Reading, Q&A and Open Mic night with Elske Rahill, interviewed by Julianna Holland.

About this months author and interviewer:

Elske Rahill is an Irish-born novelist and short story writer.

Her first novel, Between Dog and Wolf, was published in 2013. ‘There is something new and wonderful happening here’ said the Irish Times, and the Irish Independent declared, ‘Rahill has singled herself out as an intriguing and definitive voice of a new generation of Irish writers.’ In 2019, the debut was listed by the Irish Times as one of ‘The Best Books by Women of the 20th Century’.

In the words of The Bookseller, her work explores ‘maternity, nurture, the inequality of social expectations and human compassion.’ She has won a literary bursary award four times from the Irish Arts Council. Her essays and short stories have appeared in literary journals from The Stinging Fly to Agni; the Winter Papers to The Faber Anthology of New Irish Short Stories. Of her short story collection, Kirsty Gunn said ‘In White Ink captures women and mothers caught inside their lives; Rahill’s art sets them free into ours.’ After reading her last novel, An Unravelling, Stevie Davis declared in The Guardian: ‘Rahill is a stylist of the highest calibre.’

Julianna Holland is a student and writer working in the Sligo. Having graduated with a BA in Writing & Literature, she is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Practice at IT Sligo. Julianna has been shortlisted by Fish Publishing, The Bridport Prize, placed third in The Bath Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist in Best Small Fictions 2017. She has been published in Banshee Literary Journal, The Bath Anthology and The Cormorant.

Alongside publication, Julianna was a filter judge for Cairde Word’s inaugural Short Story Award in 2021 and has participated in creative projects such as Walking Birds’ Mountain and Walking Keshcorran in association with the Tread Softly Festival, where she collaborated with cross-disciplinary artists in response to the landscape and folklore of Sliabh Dá Eán and the caves of Kesh. She was a contributor on Winter Embers, a short film in association with Featherheads and Dreamers at The Model Sligo.

Julianna has read at numerous events including representing Banshee Literary Journal at the Irish Writers Centre, at a tribute event in honour of Seamus Heaney, as a participant in Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s Vagabond Verses, in company with Una Mannion at The Dock and with Kevin Barry at The Word in Sligo Central Library. Kevin Barry subsequently selected work of Julianna’s published in The Cormorant to review on the RTÉ’ Radio 1 arts programme, Arena.

On the occasion of her graduation in 2020, Julianna was awarded the inaugural Dermot Healy Award by IT Sligo.

With music on the night. Open Mic limited to three spaces, email [email protected] to reserve your space.