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New Island authors at Cúirt 2017

 

We’re delighted to have so many of our authors at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2017. year. With an eclectic and exciting range of Irish and international writers taking part, this years Cúirt will take place from 23rd – 30th April 2017.

Highlights include:

  • Oisín Fagan will be reading from and discussing from Hostages alongside A Natural author Ross Raisin on April 27th.
  • Sinéad Gleeson, editor of The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, will discuss her own writing with Jami Attenberg and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on April 27th.
  • A knockout début panel featuring Lisa Harding, Roisín O’Donnell, Alan McMonagle on April 28.
  • Mia Gallagher and Claire Louise Bennett in conversation on April 29th.
  • The Bardic Brunch with Mia Gallagher, Mike McCormack, Yan Ge and more on April 30th.

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Oisín Fagan is a writer and activist. He has previously been published in The Stinging Fly, New Planet Cabaret and Young Irelanders and his work has featured at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, he won the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize for The Hierophants. Hostages, published by New Island, is his first collection. He is a recipient of the Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

 Ross Raisin was born in 1979 in West Yorkshire. His first novel, God’s Own Country was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2009 Ross Raisin was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British writers. He lives in London. A Natural delves into the heart of a professional football club: the pressure, the loneliness, the threat of scandal, the fragility of the body and the struggle, on and off the pitch, with conforming to the person that everybody else expects you to be.

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Jami Attenberg is The New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Lenny Letter. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Banshee, Winter Papers, gorse and Autumn. Her short story ‘Counting Bridges’ was longlisted at the 2016 Irish Book Awards. In 2015, she edited The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, and in 2016, The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, which won in the same category. She is currently working on a collection of non-fiction and also a novel. She presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1.

 Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of the new novel Sarong Party Girls, which was named one of Amazon’s 10 “Best Books of the Month” for July 2016. A native of Singapore, she also wrote A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family, and was editor of the fiction anthology Singapore Noir. She was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times and The Paris Review.

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 Lisa Harding completed an MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College. Her stories have been published in The Dublin Review and The Bath Short Story Anthology. She has just been awarded a DLR Professional Development Arts grant for her prose writing. Harvestingis her first novel and wasinspired by her involvement with a campaign against sex trafficking run by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

 Alan McMonagle has written for radio, published two collections of short stories, and contributed to many journals in Ireland and North America. Ithaca is his first novel.

Roisín O’Donnell was born in Sheffield with family roots in Derry. Her stories have been anthologised in The Long Gaze Back, Fugue, Young Irelanders, Unthology and The Glass Shore. She has been shortlisted for several international prizes, such as the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Forward Prize, and the Brighton Prize. Wild Quiet is her first collection.

Amanda Reynolds teaches Creative Writing in Cheltenham, where she lives with her family. Close To Me is her debut novel.

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Claire-Louise Bennett writes fiction and essays. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, gorse, The White Review, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Millions, among others. Her first book Pond was published in Ireland in 2015 by the Stinging Fly Press. It was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016.

Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her short fiction has been published in Ireland, the UK, the US and Italy. She won the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007) for her debut novel HellFire. She was also shortlisted for the Hennessy (1991), Fish (2004) and Trevor/Bowen (2011) awards. In addition to writing fiction, Mia is a professional theatre performer and playwright and her work has toured widely in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Her latest novel, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim.

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Adrian Crowley has made a name for himself as one of the country’s celebrated lyricists, his songs delivered in his trademark, rich baritone. Adrian also spends time writing literary fiction. He has had a short story published in ‘Sunday Miscellany’ and has had lyrics published in The Stinging Fly. He is currently working on his debut novel. For the Bardic Brunch, Adrian will be reading some new pieces, and combining his semi-sung / semi-spoken ‘story-songs’ with a specially composed soundscape.

Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her short fiction has been published in Ireland, the UK, the US and Italy. She won the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007) for her debut novel HellFire. She was also shortlisted for the Hennessy (1991), Fish (2004) and Trevor/Bowen (2011) awards. In addition to writing fiction, Mia is a professional theatre performer and playwright and her work has toured widely in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Her latest novel, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim.

Yan Ge (颜歌) was born in Sichuan Province, China. Publishing since 1994, she is the author of eleven books. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, Korean, and Hungarian. Being named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China, she is the chairperson of China Young Writers’ Association and a contract writer of Sichuan Writers’ Association. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.

Arja Kajermo has contributed cartoons to the feminist publisher Attic Press and occasionally to The Sunday Press, The Irish Times, Image magazine, Magill and others. She now draws the strip Tuula in the Sunday edition of Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. She lives in Dublin.

Louise Manifold’s recent group shows and projects include: Winter Papers edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith (2016), Berlin Open Studios (2016), Becoming: the adventures of Growing up, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children (2016), Wildscreen (2015), and Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin (2015). Visuals provided by Louise Manifold.

Mike McCormack is the author of two collections of short stories Getting it in the Head and Forensic Songs, and three novels Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones, which was published in May of last year.

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There will also be special events, debates, workshops, interviews, exhibitions and theatre. View the whole programme for Cúirt 2017 here.

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