Writing from Life: Memoir and Poetry with Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Thomas Kilroy and Katie Donovan at Bray Literary Festival.
Saturday 28 September
Bray Town Hall,
Bray, Co Wicklow
Thomas Kilroy was born on Greenview Terrace, Callan, Co. Kilkenny and studied at University College Dublin. He was play editor at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and later sat on the board of Field Day Theatre Company. He became Professor of English at UCG. He is currently living in Mayo and is a member of the Royal Society of Literature, Aosdána and the Irish Academy of Letters. His many plays include Double Cross, Talbot’s Box and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde.
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne is a novelist, short story writer and playwright in both Irish and English. Her fiction includes The Dancers Dancing (1999), The Bray House (1990), Fox Swallow Scarecrow (2007), The Shelter of Neighbours (2012) and Hurlamaboc (2009). Plays include Dún na mBan trí Thine, Milseog an tSamhraidh, Casadh an Taperecorder, Bábóga, and an episode in Signatories (2016). Prizes include the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, Bisto Book of the Year Award, and a shortlisting for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She is a member of Aosdána.
Katie Donovan has published five collections of poetry, all with Bloodaxe books. Her first collection, Watermelon Man, appeared in 1993, followed by Entering the Mare; Day of the Dead and Rootling: New and Selected Poems. Her most recent collection, Off Duty (2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Poetry Now Prize. She is a recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry.