Duration 60 Mins

Join Clair Wills and Molly Hennigan for a discussion of their newest works, both of which consider the legacies of the past, and the long shadows cast by personal and geographical histories. Wills’ new work, Missing Persons, or My Grandmother’s Secret, is a chronicle of the unknown, as the author decodes stories, secrets, and silences. Hennigan’s The Celestial Realm is an exploration of generational trauma and the seismic impact of mental illness.

Join Clair and Molly in conversation with Aoife Barry.



Author Biographies

Clair Wills is a critic and cultural historian. She is the author of Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain, which won the Irish Times International Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland During the Second World War, which won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman History Prize, Dublin 1916, The Best Are Leaving, and most recently The Family Plot: Three Pieces on Containment. Wills is the regius professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge.


Molly Hennigan was born in Dublin and now lives in Galway. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, Tolka and The Pig’s Back. Her first book The Celestial Realm was shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year. 

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