Anne Enright

Thursday, 20 October at 8pm
Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

Anne Enright is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction
and was awarded the honour by the Arts Council in early
2015. She has published essays, short stories and fiction.
The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
and the Irish Novel of the Year, and The Forgotten Waltz
(2011) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in
Fiction. Her latest novel, The Green Road (2015), won the
Irish Novel of the Year and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award.
The Arts Council and The Laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright, in
association with The Stinging Fly present the annual Laureate for
Irish Fiction Lecture:
‘An Irishwoman Abroad: Maeve Brennan Goes Mad In New York’.

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Vahni Capildeo

Thursday 27 October at 8pm
Crescent Arts Centre

Vahni Capildeo is a Trinidadian-British writer whose
five books and two pamphlets include Measures
of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016) (shortlisted for the
Forward Prize for Best Collection), Simple Complex
Shapes (Shearsman, 2015) and Utter (Peepal Tree,
2013). She holds a DPhil in Old Norse and is interested in
multilingualism, creative reworkings, and the boundaries
between the human and the natural.

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Lucy Caldwell

Thursday 17 November at 8pm
Crescent Arts Centre

Lucy Caldwell is a multi-award-winning novelist,
playwright and radio dramatist. Her debut collection
of short stories, Multitudes, was described by Eimear
McBride as “Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced
that she holds the reader right up against the tender
humanity of her characters” and earned comparisons by
reviewers to Joyce’s Dubliners. Her version of Chekhov’s
Three Sisters premieres at the Lyric in Belfast this autumn.

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Joanna Walsh

Thursday 24 November at 8pm
Crescent Arts Centre

Joanna Walsh is the author of Vertigo, Hotel, Grow
a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published
by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European
Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015,
The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, and others. She reviews at
The New Statesman and The Guardian. She edits at 3:AM
Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of
@read_women. She is a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize,
and is writer-inresidence at Maynooth University.

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Paul Murray

Thursday 1 December at 8pm
Crescent Arts Centre

Paul Murray has written three novels, including Skippy
Dies and, most recently, The Mark and the Void. His stories
have been published in Granta, The Paris Review, The
New York Times and elsewhere. He lives in Dublin.

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Georges Szirtes

Thursday 15 December at 8pm
Crescent Arts Centre

George Szirtes, born in Hungary in 1948, published
his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won
the Faber Memorial Prize. He has published many since.
Reel (2004) won the T. S. Eliot Prize for which he has been
twice shortlisted since.

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Jean Bleakney: Book Launch

Thursday 6 October at 7.30 pm
Crescent Arts Centre

In Association with Templar Poetry

Jean Bleakney was born in 1956 in Newry and has
published three poetry collections with Lagan Press: The
Ripple Tank Experiment (1999), The Poet’s Ivy (2003) and
ions (2011). Her work has been selected by the Northern
Ireland Examinations Board (CCEA) for study at GCE
Level. Join us and Templar Poetry as we celebrate the
launch of her Selected Poems (Templar Poetry, 2016).

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