Duration 60 Mins

Annie Macmanus’ evocative and lyrical coming-of-age story, The Mess We’re In, tells the story of young Dubliner Orla Quinn, who moves to London at the turn of the millennium with nothing but her CD collection, demo tape and dreams of making it as a singer-songwriter. The squalid flat in Kilburn and the relationships formed within it soon become equally messy. MacManus’ second novel is tender, hilarious and ultimately hopeful. 

Join Annie in conversation with Aoife Barry.

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Author Biography

Annie Macmanus is an internationally renowned broadcaster, author, DJ, events curator and more. Her debut Sunday Times Bestseller novel Mother Mother was released in 2021 to critical acclaim and her writing has featured in the Guardian, Irish Times and The Independent and regularly publishes articles via her own blog.

She produces her own podcast, ‘Changes with Annie Macmanus’, where she chats to writers, artists and fascinating people from all walks of life about changes they’ve faced.

Annie is a key music industry figure championing female and LGBTQ+ artists and advocating for positive, inclusive change. She also runs the festival Lost & Found in Malta, and can be seen on the biggest stages of music festivals around the UK and the world, and in the DJ booths of the world’s best clubs. The Mess We’re In is her second novel, which came out in hardback to widespread acclaim in May 2023.

Event Location

An Taibhdhearc

19 Middle St, Galway, H91 RX76

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The main auditorium is step free, and there are accessible toilet facilities. There are two accessible parking spaces either end of Middle Street and three spaces on Saint Augustine Street opposite. There is a Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use