Duration 60 Mins

Caoilinn Hughes joins Nicole Flattery for a special live edition of The Stinging Fly podcast, to discuss her new novel The Alternatives. The story of four brilliant Irish sisters, orphaned in childhood, who scramble to reconnect when the oldest disappears into the Irish countryside. Warm, fiercely witty, and unexpectedly hopeful, this novel is an unforgettable portrait of a family perched on our collective precipice

This event will be captioned.

The Stinging Fly has been publishing new writers and new writing for the past twenty five years and takes a particular interest in promoting the short story. For this podcast writers are asked to root around in The Stinging Fly archive and pick out a story to read, discuss, and use as a launchpad to discuss their own work and practice.


Author Biographies

Caoilinn Hughes is the author of The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award and was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and Orchid & the Wasp, which won the Collyer Bristow Prize and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The Alternatives (Oneworld, May 2024) is her third novel. She was recently the Oscar Wilde Centre Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library for 2023-2024.

Nicole Flattery is a writer and critic. Her story collection Show Them A Good Time, was published by The Stinging Fly and Bloomsbury in 2019. Her first novel, Nothing Special, was published by Bloomsbury in 2023.

Event Location

Town Hall Theatre

1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21

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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.