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Event: Hearts and Minds: An Evening with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 8pm
Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre

Novelist Donal Ryan and poet Martin Dyar present a special evening of collaborative and interactive explorations of their work. Reading in a special call and response format, the two writers will also offer reflections on their creative processes and the centrality of rural Ireland to their writing. The event will be followed by a signing, with special-edition books available on the night. 

Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. He is the author of three number one bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won three Irish Book Awards, the EU Prize for Literature and the Guardian First Book Award. His debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was shortlisted for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and was recently voted Irish Book of the Decade. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages and is on the Leaving Certificate prescribed and comparative lists. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City, and holds a Writing Fellowship at the University of Limerick.

Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford in County Mayo, his debut collection of poems Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013), described by the poet Bernard O’Donoghue as ‘a thrilling new development in Irish poetry’, was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Award in 2001. He also has been the recipient of two Arts Council Bursary Awards for literature. Martin’s poem Death and the Post Office has been added to the Leaving Cert prescribed poetry syllabus. He teaches on the MA in Writing at NUI Galway, and is currently writer in residence at the Washington Ireland Program.


 Donal Ryan Photo M Dyar Photo