Inaugural Interview with the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021

Tuesday, 13th February 2018 - 7:30pm

*This event is now fully booked.*

At a ceremony in the Arts Council on February 8th, President Michael D Higgins announced Sebastian Barry as the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021. Sebastian is taking over the laureateship from Anne Enright and his three-year term will begin this month.

The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council and is run in partnership with University College Dublin and New York University. The role seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by honouring an established Irish writer of fiction, encouraging a new generation of writers, promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally and encouraging the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.

Speaking about their choice, the international selection panel said, "With his soul-searching, heart-stopping prose Sebastian Barry takes Irish fiction where it hasn’t been before. With transcendent insight as well as a storyteller’s ingenuity he teaches us to see the world differently, and to look more deeply into our own hearts. This most lyrical of myth-makers magically re-arranges our synapses."

Following the announcement, Barry will participate in two public events – the first will be a public interview with playwright Billy Roche in Gorey Library on Tuesday 13th February at 7:30pm.

Booking is essential. Email or telephone 053 9421481 to reserve a free ticket. Should you require any supports to fully participate in this event, please contact the Librarian.