EM Reapy in conversation | Irish Times Book Club

EM Reapy in conversation | Irish Times Book Club

Date: Thurs 25 May 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets via Eventbrite: FREE (spaces are limited so please reserve a ticket)

Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present;

EM Reapy in conversation with Laura Slattery, discussing her debut novel Red Dirt.

About the book:

Red Dirt won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the 2017 Kate O’Brien Award.

Reviewing it for The Irish Times, Sarah Gilmartin wrote: “Elizabeth Reapy’s debut novel, Red Dirt, takes the modern Irish immigrant experience and turns it into a thought-provoking, vibrant novel that grips the reader from the start. It is highly impressive writing from a first-time novelist, a story that moves from humour to poignancy with ease as it focuses on three young Irish drifters, each hoping for redemption in a parched Australian landscape.”

Red Dirt tells the story of three young Irish people who have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast arid space of the interior, they each try to escape their past in a chaotic world of backpacker hostels, huge fruit farms and squalid factories, surrounded by new friends who are even more damaged and dangerous than they are themselves. 

About the author:

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy is a writer and tutor from Mayo. She was featured in The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Hennessy Award in Emerging Fiction.

About the Irish Times Book Club Podcast

Every month the Irish Writers Centre and the Irish Times Book Club partner together to bring you live interviews with the Book Club's author of the month. This exciting collaboration allows for leading Irish authors to share their voices with you, the live audience, which, in turn, develops the power of the Irish voice and supports both the Centre and the Irish Times. The Book Club enables meaningful discussions of literature, books and writing styles with your favourite authors and fellow readers.

- This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.

- Whether you've read the book or not, come along on the 26rd and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase at the event. 

- Wine can be bought at the event

The podcast recording is a free event but spaces are limited so reserving a ticket is reccomended!

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