Cúirt is delighted to welcome renowned and acclaimed Irish author Sebastian Barry to the 2023 festival to celebrate his new novel Old God’s Time. Tom Kettle is a retired policeman settling into the quiet of his new home overlooking the Irish Sea, when two former colleagues turn up at his door with questions about a case that was never solved, and which will force him to come to terms with parts of his past he would rather forget. With soulful and beautiful prose, Barry weaves together mystery, love, loss and memory in a story where nothing is what it seems.
Join Sebastian Barry in conversation with award-winning author Claire-Louise Bennett.
Supported by the British Library
Sebastian Barry is a playwright, poet and novelist. He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (Viking, 2005) and The Secret Scripture (Faber, 2008), the latter of which won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His 2011 novel On Canaan’s Side was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2017, his novel Days Without End won the Costa Book of the Year. He has also published several volumes of poetry and lives in County Wicklow.
Claire-Louise Bennett is an award-winning author based in Galway. Her short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Moth, Colony, The Irish Times, The White Review and gorse. Her short story collection Pond (Fitzcarraldo, 2015) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016. Her latest novel, Checkout 19 (Penguin Random House, 2021) was selected for The New York Times “10 Best Books of 2022” list.