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New Voices in Irish Fiction: Elizabeth Reapy and Ronan Ryan in Conversation with Niamh Boyce

Wednesday 10th of October / 7pm / Naas Community Library

Join us for an evening showcasing two bold and contemporary new voices in Irish fiction. Elizabeth Reapy, author of Red Dirt, and Ronan Ryan, author of The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice, will be discussing their debut novels in conversation with fellow writer Niamh Boyce.

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy is from County Mayo. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast. In 2016 her debut novel Red Dirt was published by Head of Zeus. It won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and the 2017 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. She is currently a UNESCO Dublin City of Literature Writer-in-Residence. 

Ronan Ryan is an Irish writer, based in Dublin but originally from Clonmel, and he has also lived in France, Japan, America, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, and New Zealand. He has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. He has won an Arts Bursary Award in Literature from Dublin City Council and written memoir articles for the Irish Times. His debut novel, The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice, was named by the Irish Independent Review as one of their ‘Books of the Year’ and it was a finalist for The Lascaux Prize in Fiction.

Niamh Boyce won the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012 award. Her debut The Herbalist won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013 and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. A poet and short story writer, her work has been adapted for stage, broadcast, published in literary magazines and anthologised, most recently in The Long Gaze Back- Irish Women Writers and The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction. Her second novel, Her Kind, is based on a medieval witchcraft trial, and will be published by Penguin in April 2019. Her poetry collection Inside the Wolf was published in June of this year.

Booking required. Contact Naas Library on 045 879111 or email