Wednesday 20 April 2016
Wine reception from 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm
€7 / €5 | Book tickets via Eventbrite
The US Embassy to Ireland in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre presents Creative Minds – an in conversation event with writers Claire Keegan and Simon Van Booy, chaired by broadcaster and writer John Kelly.
Join us for what's sure to be an illuminating discussion on topics like writing short form, the translation process and sense of place.
About the writers:
Claire Keegan grew up on the Wicklow/Wexford border, studied Literature and Politics at Loyola University, New Orleans, and subsequently earned an MA at the University of Wales and an M.Phil at Trinity College, Dublin.
Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories: ‘Among the finest recently written in English’. In 2007, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to huge critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in the British Isles that year. Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, judged by Richard Ford: 'Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read'’. The story was subsequently published by Faber, abridged for The New Yorker, shortlisted for the 2010 Kerry Fiction Prize and published in Best American Stories, 2010. Her stories have been translated into fourteen languages.
Simon Van Booy is the author of seven books, including The Secret Lives of People in Love, Tales of Accidental Genius and The Illusion of Separateness, a national bestseller. Also the editor of three philosophy books, he has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times, ELLE Men (China), National Public Radio, and the BBC. His fiction has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.