VENUE/Áit: St James’ Church
DATE/Dáta: 29th April
Currently living in Wicklow, Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and is a novelist and playwright. His unprecedented second win of the Costa book of the year prize in February 2017 for Days Without End has been described by the Guardian as “a marker of the singular place he occupies in contemporary fiction, combining a highly literary style with wide popular appeal. After starting out as a poet and playwright, for two decades he has met with great acclaim for intense, lyrical novels about Ireland’s faultlines and fissures, all inspired by the stories of his own ancestors.”
He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), the latter of which was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year in 2008 and has been made into a film directed by Jim Sheridan. His 2011 novel On Canaan’s Side was long listed for the Booker and won the Walter Scott Prize in 2012. He is the author also of twelve plays including The Steward of Christendom (1995) and The Pride of Parnell Street (2007).
Sebastian will be interviewed by Nuala O’Connor. Nuala is a producer, writer & founder of South Wind Blows, an Irish television production company specialising in music, film and live events.
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