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Irish writing has always been disdainful of borders both imaginary and political, and that tradition is alive and well in the work of Jan Carson and Kevin Barry. Here we bring together two of Irish writing’s leading voices for a unique conversation spanning their most recent work, how landscape situates a novel and the shaping of place through its language.

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier (2019), Beatlebone (2015), and City of Bohane (2011) and the story collections, There Are Little Kingdoms (2007) and Dark Lies the Island (2012). Night Boat to Tangier was long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize and was named one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2019 and City of Bohane was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award in 2013. A new collection of short stories, That Old Country Music, will be published in October.

Jan Carson is a writer from East Belfast, Northern Ireland.She is the author of novels Malcolm Orange Disappears (2014) and The Fire Starters (2019), as well as the short fiction collections, Children’s Children (Liberties Press 2016), and Postcard Stories,(Emma Press 2017). In 2018 she was the inaugural Translink/Irish Rail Roaming Writer in Residence on the Trains of Ireland. The Fire Starters won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland in 2019.