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2 – Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes ©Danijel Mihajlović
Caoilinn Hughes Wild Laughter Book Cover


Irish Writing


Welcome to Day 2 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Caoilinn Hughes.

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose novel The Wild Laughter has been shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards’ Novel of the Year, and the RTÉ Radio 1 Listener’s Choice Award. Her first novel Orchid & The Wasp (2018) won the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019 and was a finalist for four other prizes. Her poetry book, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Irish Times Strong/Shine Award. For her short fiction, she won an O.Henry Prize, the Moth International Short Story Prize, and the Irish Book Awards’ Story of the Year 2020. The Wild Laughter was published by Oneworld in June 2020.

Today’s video will unlock just after midnight on 2nd December 2020.

About Our Literary Advent Calendar 2020

So many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year, without the usual fanfare of festivals and launches. We’re delighted to celebrate a small selection of these authors here and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books.

Visit our Advent Calendar here and join us each day from 1st to 24th December to unlock a new reading.

Each day’s video will also go live on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

Literary Advent Calendar 2020

Dates 1 December to 24 December 2020
Duration 24 days
Location Online
Admission Free

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