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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 3. Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan International Literature Festival Dublin Irish Writers Centre Kathleen MacMahon LizMcManus Pat Kenny Second Book Syndrome

Day 3 of our festival picks series and Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart and The Thing about December, tells us who he's most looking forward to seeing:     'Irvine Welsh is one of my favourite writers of all time. I mention him at nearly every talk I do, as one of my influences and sometimes as part of my defence of writing in the demotic – when a defence is necessary. Irvine Welsh ends all arguments.'    Irvine Welsh In Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson – 22 May   Donal is one of the panelists at our Second Book Syndrome event which takes place...

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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 2. Kathleen MacMahon

Donal Ryan International Literature Festival Dublin Irish Writers Centre Kathleen MacMahon LizMcManus Pat Kenny Second Book Syndrome

It's Day 2 of International Literature Festival Dublin highlights and today it's the turn of Kathleen MacMahon who told us what she's most looking forward to:   - Jon Ronson in conversation – my new novel The Long Hot Summer (out 21 May) features a politician who finds himself at the centre of a social media storm, so I'll be fascinated to hear Jon Ronson's take on politics and social media. - Dermot Bolger and Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation – I'm also looking forward to seeing these two authors in action. They're both authors of books I have absolutely loved.  - Deirdre Madden, Eoin...

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Announcing EU Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

Conor Kostick Deirdre Sullivan Donal Ryan EU Prize for Literature 2015 EU Prize for Literature Shortlist Fergal Tobin Irish Fiction Irish Writers Centre Louise Phillips Mary Costello Nessa O'Mahony Stephen Boylan

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to be the first to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature 2015, a prize for emerging talents in the field of contemporary fiction (alphabetical order):

- Mary Costello, Academy Street (Cannongate Books, 2014)
- Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland, 2012; originally published by Lilliput Press)
- Deirdre Sullivan, Primperfect (Little Island, 2014)

Ireland is one of twelve countries who will provide a national winner of the EU Prize for Literature in 2015. See the EU Prize for Literature website for more. 

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