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If you’d like to buy the books, you can do so at Charlie Byrne’s Festival Bookshop here. 

Join us for the culmination of our World Literature Day with one of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary novelists, Eimear McBride.

Continuing in the tradition of Irish experimental writing, Eimear McBride’s prose pries apart language to show up the circuitry of thought and sensation that makes up human consciousness.

McBride’s debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim, winning the Goldsmiths Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. Her second book, The Lesser Bohemians (2017) was equally well-received, winning the 2017 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award.

Cúirt is delighted to welcome back Eimear McBride to discuss her latest novel, Strange Hotel, wherein she turns her incisive eye to the uniquely human experience of a hotel room. Touching on love, loss and aging, McBride takes an abstract conceit and uses it to uncover the at once brilliance and dullness of the human condition.

A brilliant reader, this event is not to be missed!

This event will be chaired by arts journalist and book critic, Edel Coffey

Image Credit: Eimar McBride – Sophie Bassouls