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Writers-In-Residence: Paul Lynch and Christodoulos Makris in conversation with Edel Coffey

Saturday 13th of October / 8pm / Riverbank Arts Centre

Kildare Library & Arts Service and Maynooth University Writers-in-Residence in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Edel Coffey.

Christodoulos Makris is "one of Ireland's leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics" (The RTÉ Poetry Programme). He has published several books, pamphlets, artists' books and other poetry objects, most recently The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015) - selected as a poetry book of the year by RTÉ Arena and 3:AM Magazine - If we Keep Drawing Cartoons (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and Browsing History (zimZalla avant objects, 2018). His next book This is no Longer Entertainment: A Documentary Poem will be published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe in 2019. One of Poetry Ireland's 'Rising Generation' poets, he works at the intersection of writing and other disciplines, and his practice concerns itself with public-private language and multiple/shifting personas enabled by digital communication. He has performed or otherwise presented his work widely across media and borders, with recent commissions and residencies including the Irish Museum of Modern Art and StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews, Scotland. He is co-director of Dublin's multidisciplinary performance series Phonica, and the poetry editor of Gorse journal and associated imprint Gorse Editions.

Paul Lynch is the prize-winning author of Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. His third novel Grace won the 2017 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and he has won the French booksellers' prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel. His novels have been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in the UK, the William Saroyan International Prize in the US, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize), as well as being nominated for France's Prix Femina, the Prix du Premier Roman (First Novel Prize) and the Prix du Roman Fnac (Fnac Novel Prize). Grace was published in 2017 to massive acclaim. The Washington Post called the book, "a moving work of lyrical and at times hallucinatory beauty… that reads like a hybrid of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It was a book of the year in the Guardian, the Irish Independent, Kirkus and Esquire, a Staff Pick at The Paris Review and an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. The American writer Ron Rash has called Lynch "one of his generation's very finest novelists". He lives in Dublin with his wife and daughter.

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