We are delighted to have Dalkey native Sebastian Barry back home. He is on fire – the only novelist to have won the coveted Costa best novel award twice. Days Without End is described by the FT as “not only a story of survival [but] a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America … firmly in the tradition of Irish diaspora writing”. Meanwhile, for Eoin McNamee in The Irish Times, “Barry is the most humane of writers.”
Don’t miss Sebastian’s homecoming on our opening night!
In conversation with Andrea Catherwood.
What on earth is going on in the world and why? Is this lurch to populism a toxic combination of cynical nationalism and fear mongering or is it a legitimate reaction to an unequal world, where elites are milking it, where deep culture is being dismissed and where liberals have run out of ideas? The panel will dissect Trump, Brexit and the EU as well as movements further afield, to explain what is going on and why the next few years could be the most tumultuous politically, socially and economically.
With Catherine Mayer, Marlon James, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, David Goodhart and Dearbhail McDonald.
Two writers from the North, Rosemary Jenkinson and Garrett Carr, along with two local writers, Katie Donovan and David Butler, respond to the notion of Borders – how to deal with them, get around them, transcend them or otherwise reinvent them. Introduced by Catherine Dunne, Lia Mills, Celia de Freine and Martina Devlin. Local writers are invited to read their own response to this theme in two minutes or less.
The Open Mic session, hosted by Colm Keegan, will begin at 8pm with poetry & prose submissions accepted from 6.30pm. Come and hear what your neighbours have to say on this urgent topic. Organised by Keep the Border Open initiative with the support of the Irish Writers Centre.
Catherine Mayer will talk very directly to the experience of the recent UK election and the forces that underpinned it. Mayer sees it as a rare opportunity: women only ever make big strides at times when the old order breaks down because systems designed for stability also maintain the status quo.
Catherine Mayer was born in the US, educated in the UK and Germany. A journalist at The Economist and Forbes, she was Senior Editor, London Bureau Chief, Europe Editor and Editor at Large at Time Magazine. Two years ago she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party in the UK.
In her latest book, Attack of the 50 Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World, Mayer argues that gender inequality is detrimental to men and women alike and that inequality has severe negative economic implications for all of us. Mayer also argues that the structures of patriarchy, not least the pressures on men to be alpha males, harm men as much as women: “Because of these structures, boys struggle at school; suicide rates are highest among young males, who are also more likely to murder and be murdered; and men drink more heavily and more frequently end up in prison.”
In conversation with Jennifer O’Connell.