1 – Aingeala Flannery

Genres: Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel
The cover of Aingeala Flannery's novel The Amusements depicts two young people screaming with delight on a fairground ride. Their clothes suggest the 1970s or 1980s. Her name and book title are also on the cover

Welcome to Day 1 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Aingeala Flannery.


Aingeala Flannery was born in Waterford. She’s an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and writer. Her short story Visiting Hours won the 2019 Harper’s Bazaar short story competition, and she has twice been a finalist in the RTE short story competition, first in 2018, and again this year for her story Scrappage. Aingeala was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2020 and 2021. Her debut novel The Amusements was shortlisted for 2022 The Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award.


Aingeala is reading an extract from The Amusements which was published by Penguin Sandycove in June 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 1st December 2022 and may be viewed below. Closed caption subtitles are available and may be turned on or off. Press the play button or click “Watch on YouTube” to watch it in full screen.



About our WCLF Literary Advent Calendar

2022 was another wonderful year for Irish writing and so many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year. We’re delighted to bring you a small selection of these authors and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books. Our selection is an attempt to show the wide range of Irish writing and in particular to focus on writers whose books we feel deserve more attention and those who were not previously featured in WCLF 2022 events. We hope that you will enjoy the chance to hear these writers reading their own work and to discover some new books for your reading piles.


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