Cúirt International Festival of Literature, in partnership with One World Publications and Dubray Books, present a special virtual event celebrating the launch of The Wild Laughter, the latest novel from Caoilinn Hughes on Wednesday 22nd July at 7pm.

A Galway native, Caoilinn will be joined in conversation with Kevin Barry.

The Wild Laughter is an exhilarating, anarchic look at contemporary Ireland, that has been hailed as ‘powerful’ and ‘darkly adventurous’ by The Guardian and ‘it’s an exhilarating and moving story of an Ireland in disarray’ by The Irish Times.

A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes’ position as one of Ireland’s most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

Originally from Galway, Caoilinn Hughes is the author of two novels and one collection of poetry, Gathering Evidence. Her debut work of fiction, Orchid & the Wasp won the Collyer Bristow Prize, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Her work has appeared in Granta, POETRY, Tin House, Best British Poetry, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and she was recently Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. For her short fiction, she won The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018 and an O.Henry Prize in 2019. The Wild Laughter is her latest novel.

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.

Book tickets for this event to receive an exclusive €2 discount on The Wild Laughter from Dubray Books, which includes a specially-designed and signed book plate, illustrated by Caoilinn Hughes.

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Attendees will receive an exclusive discount on The Wild Laughter from Dubray Books, which will include a specially-designed and signed book plate, illustrated by Caoilinn Hughes.

Special offer: Attendees will receive a €2 discount off the regular online price of this title. Attendees will be able to purchase paperback copies for €14 and hardback editions for €16 upon registering for this event. A promotional code will be emailed to you.

Access information: This event will have closed captions.