Duration 60 Mins

In November 2023, Paul Lynch became the sixth Irish writer to win the Booker Prize for his outstanding novel Prophet Song. Set in an imagined Ireland that is descending into tyranny, this novel is an exhilarating, propulsive and confrontational portrait of a country – and a family – on the brink of catastrophe. On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her doorstep. Two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police want to speak with her husband, a trade unionist.

This is a work of breathtaking originality, described as a ‘soul-shattering and true’ novel that ‘captures the social and political anxieties of our current moment’ by the Booker judging chair. Lynch offers a devastating vision of societal collapse and a deeply human portrait of a woman’s fight to hold her family together. Join Paul in conversation with Paula Shields from Arena, RTE R1

This event will be captioned.

Supported by Dubray

Author Biographies

Paul Lynch is the prize-winning author of five novels: Prophet Song, Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow, and Red Sky in Morning. He was awarded The Booker Prize 2023 for his esteemed novel Prophet Song. He has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for best foreign novel. He has also been shortlisted for UK’s Walter Scott Prize, the US’s William Saroyan International Prize, and France’s Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, among other prizes. Libération has called Lynch “one of today’s greatest Irish writers”.

Event Location

Town Hall Theatre

1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21

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Access Statements Cúirt

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.