Duration 60 Mins

Paul Murray and Una Mannion delve into their ambitious and expansive novels in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson. 

The Bee Sting (2023 An Post Irish Book of the Year, Novel of the Year, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) is a story of one family desperately clinging on as their world falls apart. Can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac? A bee caught beneath a bridal veil?

In Tell Me What I Am two women are wrenched apart by a terrible crime and must find a way back to each other. When Deena Garvey disappears in 2004, she leaves behind a daughter and a sister. Over fourteen years and four hundred miles apart, these two women unearth the secrets and lies at the heart of their family.

This event will be captioned.

Supported by the British Library

Author Biographies

Paul Murray is Dublin-born author of four acclaimed novels. An Evening of Long Goodbyes (2003) was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Skippy Dies (2010) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Book. The Mark and the Void (2015) won the Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. The Bee Sting, published in 2023, won the An Post Irish Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Kirkus Prize and the Nero Book Award. It was one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2023 in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Irish Times, The New Yorker, Time, The Independent, and others. Paul’s stories and journalism have appeared in New York, Granta, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and the New York Times.

Una Mannion was born in Philadelphia and now lives in County Sligo. She is the author of two novels, A Crooked Tree (2021) and Tell Me What I Am (2023). She has won numerous prizes for her writing including the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Prize, the Cúirt International Short Story Prize and the Kate O’Brien Prize for her debut novel. She teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at ATU Sligo.

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.