Duration 60 Mins

Colin Walsh’s Kala is an atmospheric, dark coming-of-age mystery. A group of estranged friends reunite in their Irish hometown, plagued by the tragedy that changed their lives 15 years earlier.

Ferdia Lennon’s Glorious Exploits is an exhilarating story of brotherhood, war and art. Set in 412 BC, Sicily, thousands of captive Athenian soldiers begin to recite lines from the plays of Euripides, and the line between enemy and friend begins to blur.

Join Colin and Ferdia in conversation with Padraig Regan.

Author Biographies

Colin Walsh’s critically acclaimed first novel Kala was published in 2023. An immediate international bestseller, Kala was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize and Walsh was named Newcomer of the Year at the 2023 An Post Irish Book Awards. 

Walsh’s short stories have won several awards, including the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Prize and the Hennessy Literary Award. His work has been published in the Stinging Fly and broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. 

He grew up in Galway city and lives in Belgium.

Ferdia Lennon was born and raised in Dublin. He holds a BA in History and Classics from University College Dublin and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. In 2019 and 2021, he received Literature Bursary Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. His debut novel, Glorious Exploits, is published by Fig Tree in the UK and Henry Holt in the US.

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