Mary Costello was here in Washington last year reading for Solas Nua. Her book Academy Street has beenshortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award . The award winner will be announced June 9, 2016. For details and a full list of the nominees, visit http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie
Also of interest Colin Barrett, a contributor to Solas Nua's Irish Book Day publication "What's the Story" in 2014, has a wonderful new story that was recently published in The New Yorker titled: Anhedonia, Here I Come.
The Attic Sessions: a new and interesting podcast series focusing on contemporary Irish writers and poets.
Listen to a conversation with Lia Mills whose work appears in The Stinging Fly Spring Issue 2016, here.
The second session now posted here, features music and poetry, with Tony Curtis and Dermot McLaughlin.
Authors from Solas Nua's Literature Series
Award winning author, Jan Carson, currently a community arts organizer in Belfast, returned in early April to Solas Nua's literature series with a reading from her work-in-progress about a young man growing up in East Belfast. Her novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary.
Northern Ireland playwright and short story writer Rosemary Jenkinson read from her new story collection, "Aphrodite's Kiss and Further Stories."
Among her plays is "Johnny Meister and the Stitch," which was produced by Solas Nua. Her new play, "The Dealer of Ballynafeigh," opened at The Keegan Theatre in October 2015.
"Mary Costello is one of those lovely softly spoken writers who is has been quietly juggling home, family and writing for years, pulling together strands of experience with beautiful language to weave stories that stop you in your tracks. It’s been a quiet process, although not without it’s highlights, including being shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. That was until an independent Irish publisher launched her first short story collection. And then the whole world sat up and took notice."--writing.ie
Read a review of her debut novel here.
Mary read for Solas Nua from her Booker Prize Candidate novel "Academy Street" at the Petworth Citizen Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.
In fall, 2014, Solas Nua presented readings by three Irish authors. On September 30th Donal Ryan read for us at Busboys and Poets (5th and K Streets NW). He read from his novels The Thing About December and The Spinning Heart. On October 8th Jan Carson read from her novel Malcom Orange Disappears. And on October 27th Eimear McBride read from A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
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