Literary Programme 2018

Rivka Galchen and Sinéad Gleeson

Rivka Galchen and Sinéad Gleeson

Sinead Gleeson
Rivka Galchen

Bantry Library

Thu 19 July 2018



Little Labours is a dazzling compendium of observations, stories, and essays from one of literature’s rising stars. One August day, a baby was born, or as it seemed to Rivka Galchen, a puma moved into her apartment. Her arrival felt supernatural, she seemed to come from another world. And suddenly, the world seemed ludicrously, suspiciously, adverbially sodden with meaning. Rivka writes about babies in art and literature, and the odd unrecorded moments that becoming a mother necessitates.

‘Galchen has a knack for taking a thread and fraying it, so that a sentence never quite ends up where you expect.’ James Wood, The New Yorker

Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist, whose work appears often in the New Yorker, Harper’s, London Review of Books and the New York Times. She is the author of a novel Atmospheric Disturbances, a collection of short stories American Innovations a book of essays Little Labours. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to the New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Rivka also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She lives in New York.

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, Banshee and Elsewhere Journal. Her debut essay collection, Constellations will be published by Picador in spring 2019. She is the editor of three short story anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, both of which won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards. She has contributed poems and short stories to various anthologies and is currently working on a novel.

Rivka’s photo is by Sandy Tait and Sinéad’s is by Ger Holland