Literary Programme 2017

An Evening with Graham Norton

An Evening with Graham Norton

Graham Norton


Thu 20 July 2017




Everyone is holding on to something. A lost love, an old regret, a deep secret…

Duneen is a quiet West Cork town, far enough from the city to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include cast down policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal – until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three unmarried sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town's gossip who think she knows the answers. When a grim discovery is made on a building site up by the old school, it becomes the catalyst for half lived secrets and seething rivalries to come to light and this silent, once innocent and repressed-seeming town is revealed to have a much darker, hungrier undertow.

Sergeant PJ Collins is holding back from getting close to anyone… but his new case will force him to make a connection. Evelyn Ross is holding on to a long lost love until a sudden revelation may mean it was not lost at all. Brid Riordan is holding down her marriage… just so long as there’s a glass of wine at the end of the day. Elizabeth Meany is holding off from revealing the darkest memory of her past… but the discovery of a body means she can no longer keep her secret.

A considerable achievement... one of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years... this is a fine novel. John Boyne, Irish Times

Poised and perceptive – Sunday Times

One of the best books you’ll read this year. How can one man have so many talents?Irish Examiner

Winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Graham Norton is one of our most treasured comedians and presenters. His first big TV appearance was as Father Noel Furlong on Father Ted in the early 1990s. He then secured a prime time slot on Channel 4 with his chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton. Known for his quick wit Graham began hosting a variety of talent shows on BBC One from Strictly Dance Fever and Andrew Lloyd Webber's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? to The Eurovision Song Contest and BAFTAs. Graham was soon approached by the BBC to front his own self-titled chat show The Graham Norton Show in 2007. He has won seven BAFTAs for Best Entertainment Performance, and Best Entertainment Programme. He presents a show on BBC Radio 2 every Saturday and also writes, as Agony Aunt, weekly in a column for The Telegraph. Holding is Graham’s debut novel.

Graham’s photo is by Sophia Spring.

Graham Norton will be in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson. Sinéad’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee. She is the editor of the award-winning short story anthologies The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland. She is currently working on a collection of essays and presents The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.