Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation with Niall MacMonagle
A Dublin One City One Book and Dublin Book Festival Online Event
Join us for a special online event with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty on Thursday 24th September at 7pm. Christine will be in conversation with literary critic Niall MacMonagle in the beautiful setting of Kevin Street Library, Dublin. She will discuss Tatty, her varied writing career, and in particular how music influences her writing.
Musical interludes will be contributed by pianist Leonora Carney, trumpeter Colm Byrne and piper Donnacha Dwyer.
Tatty was originally published in 2004 and earlier this year a special Dublin One City One Book edition, with a new introduction by Dermot Bolger, was published by New Island Books. Christine recently won the 2020 Dalkey Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her most recent novel The Narrow Land.
Please note that you will need to register in advance to watch the event online.
Christine Dwyer Hickey
Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist, playwright and short story writer. She has published eight novels, one collection of short stories and a full-length play. She recently won the Dalkey Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her latest novel The Narrow Land (Atlantic Books) Tatty was published by New Island Books (2004) and by Vintage UK (2005). It was shortlisted for Irish Novel of The Year 2005, listed as one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade at the Irish Book Awards 2010 and was nominated for the Orange Prize (now the Women’s Fiction Prize).
Niall has edited several anthologies and textbooks including the Lifelines series, Poetry Now, and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916. He writes a weekly art column in the Sunday Independent and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for services to literature. He is one of the judges of the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award.
Colm Byrne: Trumpet
Colm has played solo works with the Rukert Chamber Orchestra, Irish Youth Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the RIAM Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has also featured on numerous movie scores and an array of albums of different genre.
Leonora Carney: Piano
Leonora has pursued an extensive career as a concert pianist, giving recitals throughout Ireland, the USA and Great Britain, including the Royal Festival Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Her schedule included concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and broadcasts on RTE and BBC Radio 3. For many years, she has been a member of the music department of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Donnacha Dwyer: Uileann Pipes
Donnacha Dwyer has been playing the Uilleann Pipes since 1988 when he first received tuition in Na Piobairi Uilleann. He began performing professionally in various Dublin music venues in 1991 and since then he has performed extensively around Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He has been a full time Uilleann Pipes Maker since 2007.