Join us in the atmospheric surroundings of the Hugh Lane Gallery, where Niall MacMonagle will be in conversation with author Andrew Hughes to discuss his journey from archivist to writer of historical fiction, and to explore the themes, settings, and characters of his novels The Coroner’s Daughter and The Convictions of John Delahunt. The night will include dramatic readings from The Coroner’s Daughter by actors Julie Crowe and Shane O’Regan as well as music from the 19th Century performed by the Dublin String Quartet.
The event will be introduced by Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy and Minister Catherine Martin, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Andrew Hughes was born in Wexford and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTÉ before going freelance. It was while researching his social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he came across the true story of John Delahunt, a Victorian murderer and Dublin Castle informer. His debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter, a tale of a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science, was nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger. Andrew lives in Drumcondra, where he continues to work on archival and historical research projects, as well as Dublin-set crime fiction.
Formed in 2008, Dublin String Quartet is one of Ireland’s finest string Quartets. The members of the quartet are all graduates of Music Conservatoires who perform regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. They gained their Masters Degree in Chamber Music Performance with the world renowned Vanbrugh Quartet in DIT in 2011 and since then have been performing at weddings all over Ireland, recording soundtracks and performing at Festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Individually and collectively, they have performed with artists such as Kodaline, The Coronas, Michael Bublé, Jamiroquai, Richard Clayderman, Julie Feeney, Il Divo, Jack L and Sinead O’Connor. Their musicians have also performed at events such as the MTV European Music Awards, Meteor Awards, and the Late Late Show performing with artists such as Kanye West, Smokey Robinson, Harry Connick Jnr, The Coronas, Jamiroquai, Colm Wilkinson, Declan O’Rourke, Richard Clayderman, Julie Feeney, Bell X1, Il Divo, Imelda May, Sinead O’Connor and Aslan.
Niall MacMonagle, writer, interviewer, critic, taught English for many years and has edited several anthologies including the Lifelines books, Slow Time, The Open Door Book of Poetry, TEXT A Transition Year English Reader, the Poetry Now anthologies for Leaving Certificate and Windharp Poems of Ireland since 1916. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and in 2017 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for services to Literature.