Literary Programme 2017

Coffee & Chat with Alannah Hopkin

Coffee & Chat with Alannah Hopkin

Alannah Hopkin

Bantry House Tearoom

Wed 19 July 2017



The Dogs of Inishere collects stories from across Alannah Hopkin’s thirty-year career as a fiction and travel writer. The stories move from adolescence to middle age, sensitive always to the particular social, emotional, and intellectual challenges of the different phases of a life. An adolescent girl bristles against the gendered assumptions and expectations of mid-60s London. A young writer struggles to commit fully to the artist’s life. A group of pub regulars in a sleepy seaside town observe the quiet disappointments of love and marriage. Along the way, Hopkin’s stories also wrestle and reckon with numerous literary influences, including Poe, Wilde, Malcolm Lowry, and B.S. Johnson.

‘Clean, clear, sharp, savage - absolutely bloody brilliant.’ – Carlo Gébler

‘A cast of eccentrics and outsiders populates a collection set largely in coastal Ireland… whichever mode Hopkin chooses, her eye remains keen and her affection for her settings and characters evident. A warmly rendered collection.’ – Kirkus Reviews

Alannah Hopkin, a novelist, travel writer, and critic, lives in Kinsale, Co Cork.  She grew up in London and studed at Queen Mary University of London and Essex University. She has published two novels (Hamish Hamilton, London); her non fiction books include West Cork: the People and the Place (The Collins Press, Cork) as well as numerous travel guides to Ireland. She has reviewed literary fiction and biography since 1980 for many publications including the Financial Times, the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner. The Dogs of Inishere is her first story collection.


Alannah’s photo is by Neilus Buckley