An Evening with Anne Enright & Paula Meehan
Fri 14 July
Join us for an evening of prose, poetry and conversation with Anne Enright, Laureate for Irish Fiction, and Paula Meehan, two of Ireland’s most important contemporary writers.
Anne Enright is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She was born in Dublin in 1962, studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is a former RTÉ television producer. A full time writer since 1991, she has lived, for all her writing life, in Ireland.
Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker, Granta and The Paris Review, and she won the 2004 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award for her story, 'Honey'. Her first collection, The Portable Virgin, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1991. A second collection, Taking Pictures was published in 2008 and her collected short stories came out the same year under the title Yesterday's Weather. She has also published a book of essays, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2004) about the experience of becoming a mother. Her novels are The Wig My Father Wore (1995), shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize; What Are You Like?, winner of the 2001 Encore Award and shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award; The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002); and The Gathering (2007) about a large Irish family gathering for the funeral of a wayward brother. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year. The Forgotten Waltz (2011) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her most recent book The Green Road was both Bord Gáis and Kerry Group novel of the year in 2015. Her work is translated into more than 40 languages.
Paula Meehan’s extraordinary new collection Geomantic comprises eighty-one poems of nine 9-syllable lines and is both a controlled experiment with the challenge of form and, at once, a free-form meditation on the nature of memory, community, love and poetry itself.
‘A charismatic and memorable performer, [Meehan] proves once again her gift for the musical phrase and enviable ear for speech rhythms… she writes poems that both speak to our contemporary world and imagine (or divine) another way of life.’ – The Irish Times
Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. A playwright and poet, she has received many awards for her work. She has been Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2013 – 2016. Her public lectures from the Professorship, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, were published in 2016 by UCD Press. Paula’s poetry has been set to music by artists as diverse as the avant-garde composer John Wolf Brennan and the folksinger Christy Moore and she has collaborated throughout her working life with dancers, visual artists and film makers.
The Laureate for Irish Fiction promotes Irish literature nationally and internationally and encourages the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD), New York University (NYU) and the Irish Times.
Paula's Photo is by Theo Dorgan