Carmen Maria Machado’s body of work has earned her worldwide praise and numerous accolades for its genre-bending nature and its witty yet nightmarish approach to otherwise ordinary situations.

In her critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties, Machado gives urban legends a twist and redirects the reader’s attention to the physicality of women’s bodies and the cultural and historical violence directed at them, raising questions more horrific than ghosts and specters. Her memoir, In the Dream House, returns to the theme of the haunted house to talk about the author’s experience with domestic abuse, each chapter told through the lens of a different literary genre, resulting in a raw narrative that defies the conventions of non-fiction.

Machado writes beautifully about contemporary horrors, touching on queer and feminist issues with a revolutionary, eclectic style that has made her one of the most influential writers in today’s literary scene.

Duration 1 hour

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press, 2017), the bestselling memoir In the Dream House (Graywolf Press, 2019) and the graphic novel The Low, Low Woods (DC Black Label, 2020). She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of numerous prizes, such as the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction and the Shirley Jackson Award, among others. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and Vogue.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. She has edited several anthologies, among them The Long Gaze Back (New Island, 2015), which won the Irish Book Award for Best Irish Published Book of the Year. Her first essay collection, Constellations (Picador, 2019) was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020. Her work has appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, Banshee and The Irish Times, among other publications.

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