Duration 60 Mins

Glenn Patterson, Lucy Caldwell and Colin Barrett are compassionate, playful and stylish writers.

In Colin Barret’s Wild Houses, a simmering feud between a small-time drug dealer, Cillian English, and County Mayo’s enforcers, Gabe and Sketch Ferdia, spills over into violence and an ugly ultimatum.

Lucy Caldwell’s latest collection of short stories Openings explores themes of motherhood and marriage, love and longing.

Glenn Patterson’s Two Summers is a pair of novellas, exploring themes of self-discovery, resilience and nostalgia. With the first set in Belfast and the second in New York we find young men on the cusp of adulthood, wearing Donkey Jackets and listening to The Shangri-Las.

Author Biographies

Colin Barrett is from Mayo. He is the author of the short story collections, Young Skins and Homesickness, and the novel Wild Houses.

Born in Belfast, Lucy Caldwell is the author of four novels, most recently These Days, which won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and two previous collections of short stories, Multitudes and Intimacies.  She is also the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories and is an accomplished writer of stage and radio drama. Her new collection, Openings, is published by Faber in May. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize; in 2021 she won the BBC National Short Story Award for “All the People Were Mean and Bad” and in 2022 she was the recipient of the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Glenn Patterson has published twelve works of fiction and five non-fiction books. He co-wrote the feature film Good Vibrations (BBC Films), and subsequently adapted it for stage. He is Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.

Event Location

The Mick Lally Theatre

Druid Lane,

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