Duration 60 Mins

Booker Prize winner John Banville and Mike McCormack join Edel Coffey to discuss their latest novels The Lock Up and This Plague of Souls

In The Lock Up Detective Inspector Stafford and pathologist Dr Quirke return to face their most troubling case yet, as they investigate the apparent suicide of history scholar Rosa Jacobs in 1950s Dublin. 

In Mike McCormack’s existentialist noir This Plague of Souls, Nealon, just released from jail, returns to his family home in the West of Ireland. He finds an empty house. It seems the world has forgotten that he even existed. The one exception is a persistent caller, a man who seems to know everything about Nealon’s life, his run-ins with the law and, more importantly, what has happened to his family. All Nealon needs to do is talk.

Poignant and exciting, This Plague of Souls is a portrayal of a man and his place in society – a metaphysical thriller, set in the same world as Solar Bones.

This event will be captioned.

Author Biographies

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of twenty novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Sea, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and, most recently, the bestselling crime novels, Snow and April in Spain – both of which were shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger – and The Lock-Up.

Mike McCormack comes from the west of Ireland and is the author of two collections of short stories Getting it in the Head and Forensic Songs, and four novels Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma, Solar Bones and This Plague of Souls.

In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature and Getting it in the Head was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2006 Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. In 2016 Solar Bones was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gais Energy Irish Novel of the Year and Book of the Year; it was also long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. In 2018 it was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award. He is a member of Aosdána.

Event Location

Town Hall Theatre

1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21

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The main auditorium is step free with accessible seating and
accessible toilet facilities. Please let the box office know of any
requirements so that they can assist with seating. There are two
accessible parking spaces on Waterside immediately by the
venue and a further two spaces on Corrib Terrace. There is a
Loop System in every auditorium. There is a Fresh Air Distribution
System. All events at the Town Hall Theatre will be captioned.