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Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards: Looking Back and Forth with Sarah Maria Griffin, Hazel Gaynor and Martin Malone

The CD Lewis Awards shine a light on Kildare's finest literary talent. One of two Writers in Residence recently appointed by Kildare County Council and Maynooth University, Sarah Maria Griffin will bring us on a journey with previous award winners Hazel Gaynor and Martin Malone.

We will be introduced to the 2017 award recipients, Alan Dunne, Maura Mc Elhone and Evan Costigan and a hilarious reading from the play Mother and Toddler by Margaret Rowe.

Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Girl who Came Home and A Memory of Violets. Her third novel The Girl from the Savoy was an Irish Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year.  Her forthcoming titles for 2017 are The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris (Co-written with Heather Webb). Hazel lives in Kildare with her husband and two children.

Martin Malone is the author of seven novels, a memoir, two short story collections, several radio plays and has also written for TV and stage. Us, his first novel, won the John B Keane/Sunday Independent Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second, After Kafra, was scripted for RTE TV. The Broken Cedar was nominated for the IMPAC Award and shortlisted for an Irish Fiction Award. His short stories have been widely broadcast and published. He is a contributor to the National Art Gallery’s anthology, Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art. His most recent  novel is Black Rose Days and his latest work is a collection of stories This Cruel Station published by Doire Press.

Sarah Maria Griffin's first novel Spare & Found Parts, was published by Greenwillow Books in October 2016 and will be released in Ireland & the UK in early 2018 by Titan. Her nonfiction has appeared on Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, Guts and Winter Pages. Her collection of essays about emigration, Not Lost, was published by New Island Press in 2013. She was the recipient of the European Science Fiction Awards Chrysalis Award in 2017.

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Sarah Maria Griffin Photo Hazel Gaynor Photo

Martin Malone Photo


Event: Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards: Looking Back and Forth with Sarah Maria Griffin, Hazel Gaynor and Martin Malone.
Date: Saturday, 14th October
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre