John Banville talks with Billy O’Callaghan about writing, plots, characters and discusses Billy critically acclaimed latest novel My Coney Island Baby. Friday 3 May 17.30. John Banville is the author of fourteen previous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. Regarded as the most stylistically elaborate Irish writer of his generation, John Banville is a philosophical novelist concerned with the nature of perception, the conflict between imagination and reality, and the existential isolation of the individual. Billy O Callaghan is an Irish short fiction writer and novelist. He is best known for his short-story collection The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind, which was awarded the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for the short story in 2013. His latest novel My Coney Island Baby was published in January 2019.
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