14:00 Duration 60 Mins

The Singularity, Balsam Karam’s second novel, and Though the Bodies Fall, Noel O’Regan’s debut, both grapple with the idea of loss and the internal struggles of their characters as they come to terms with what they have witnessed. Though the Bodies Fall follows one man’s journey through depression, trauma and absence. The Singularity is an astounding study of grief, migration and motherhood.

Join Balsam and Noel in conversation with Martin Doyle.

Author Biographies

Balsam Karam (b. 1983) is of Kurdish ancestry and has lived in Sweden since she was a young child. She is an author, librarian and university lecturer, and made her literary debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed Event Horizon, which was shortlisted for the Katapult Prize. The Singularity was shortlisted for Augustpriset and is her first English-language publication.

Noel O’Regan is from Co. Kerry and is the recipient of a number of awards, including an Arts Council Next Generation Artist Award. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The Stinging Fly, Granta, Banshee and The London Magazine. His debut novel, Though the Bodies Fall (Granta Books) was shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the 2023 An Post Irish Book Awards.

Event Location

The Mick Lally Theatre

Druid Lane,

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