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Donal Ryan: Inspirations

Donal Ryan (© Anthony Woods)
DateSaturday October 15th
Time6:00 pm
VenueThe Civic Main Space
Admission€8 / €5

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Join award winning and critically acclaimed author Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart, From a Low Quiet Sea, The Thing About December, All We Shall Know, Strange Flowers, A Slanting of the Sun, The Queen of Dirt Island) as he talks to us about his career, books and inspirations.

Donal Ryan, from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, is the author of five number one-bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won several awards for his fiction, including the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award and four Irish Book Awards, and has been shortlisted for several more, including the Costa Book Award and the Dublin International Literary Award. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut novel, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low and Quiet Sea. In 2021 he became the first Irish writer to be awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and translated into over twenty languages. His seventh book, The Queen of Dirt Island, will be published worldwide by Penguin Random House in August 2022. A law graduate and former civil servant, Donal has lectured in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick since 2014 and lives in Castletroy with his wife Anne Marie and their two children.