Willy Vlautin

Author, Musician & Songwriter.

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: The Motel Life (2007), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010), and The Free (2014). His fifth, Don’t Skip out on me was published this year.


33. Trump’s America (With Sebastian Junger, Willy Vlautin & Katherine Boo) Sold Out

Seafront Marquee

What is happening in the America we thought we knew? We often hear other people’s view of the US, but what do Americans actually think? Three outstanding American thinkers, authors and journalists gather in Dalkey to tell us their own personal experience of what it’ s really like living in Trump’s America. Expect sparks to […]


51. Out of the West, American Style- Words & Music with Willy Vlautin

St. Patrick's Church

Join Willy Vlautin for a session on Saturday night. Willy will be playing songs from Richmond Fontaine, The Delines plus instrumentals featured on the new soundtrack from his new book ‘Don’t Skip Out on Me’. The songs will be interspersed throughout with banter between Willy and Dave Fanning on Willie’s new book. There’ll be a […]


6. Willy Vlautin: an American Legend

Secret Garden

This is a one-off opportunity to see the writer who is taking the US by storm, Willy Vlautin, up close. The Irish Times calls him the  “literary version of a Neil Young or a Tom Petty, bearing a ragged standard for empathy, compassion and  decency, a throwback to a generation of novelists  who still championed […]