Duration 60 Mins

Join us for a conversation between two of the most celebrated short story writers in Ireland today. In Barcelona, Mary Costello, offers glimpses of characters as they approach moments of desperation – or revelation – that change and reshape fate. Open Up, by Thomas Morris, a Granta Best Young Novelist 2023, is bursting with emotional depth as the stories seek to find grace, hope and benevolence in the churning tumult of self-discovery.

Author Biographies

Thomas Morris is from Caerphilly, South Wales. His debut story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing (Faber & Faber) won the Wales Book of the Year, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Prize, and a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2023, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Open Up, his second book of stories, was published by Faber & Faber this August. He lives in Dublin, where he is Editor at Large at The Stinging Fly.

Mary Costello is the author of two novels, Academy Street (2014) and The River Capture (2019), and a collection of short stories, The China Factory (2012). Her new collection of stories, Barcelona, is forthcoming in March 2024.

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