13 – Sue Divin

Genres: Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel | Young Adults
Sue Divin's book cover has her name and the title Truth Be Told. It also has a subtitle Same Face, Different Worlds. The top half of the cover is red and features the side profile of a dark-haired, freckled teenage girl facing to the right. The bottom half of the cover is dark pink and features an identical-looking girl facing to the left

Welcome to Day 13 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Sue Divin.


Sue Divin is a Derry based writer from Northern Ireland. As a peace worker, her writing often touches on diversity, reconciliation, borders and the legacy of the Troubles. She has two YA/Crossover novels (Macmillan), Truth Be Told (Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2022) and Carnegie short-listed Guard Your Heart, which won the Great Reads Award (Ireland). Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in The Caterpillar, The Cormorant, The Honest Ulsterman, The Bangor Literary Journal and Splonk.


Sue is reading an extract from Truth Be Told which was published by Pan Macmillan in April 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 13th 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.


Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel