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Cúirt International Festival of Literature is delighted to welcome award-winning author and new Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry, to this year’s festival. He will join acclaimed Irish novelist, Paul Lynch.

**PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately due to ill-health, Daniel Woodrell is unable to attend. Sebastian Barry will now join Paul Lynch in his place.**

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels and plays have won numerous awards, including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, Costa Book of the Year award, Irish Book Awards Best Novel, Independent Booksellers Prize, Walter Scott Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), were shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. His most recent novel Days Without End was published in 2016 and won the Costa Book of the Year Award and The Walter Scott Prize, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize.  In 2018, Sebastian Barry was named Ireland’s Laureate for Irish Fiction, 2018 – 2021. He has three grown children and lives in Wicklow with his wife Alison.

“Pitch perfect, the outstanding novel of the Year.”

Paul Lynch is the internationally-acclaimed, prize- winning author of Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. He won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). US author Ron Rash has called Paul, “one of his generation’s very finest novelists”.

“The Irish writer’s third novel raises timeless questions about suffering and survival through the story of two children expelled from their impoverished home in the midst of the Great Famine. When you’re starving, Lynch seems to be asking, are you truly alive?” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Chaired by Edel Coffey, broadcaster and journalist.

Tickets: €14 / €12 concession

This event has kindly been sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop.