15 – Eoghan Smith

Genres: Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel
The cover of Eoghan Smith's novel A Provincial Death features a painting of a remote country field with a large overcast sky

Welcome to Day 15 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Eoghan Smith.


Eoghan Smith is the author of the novels A Provincial Death (Dedalus, 2022) and The Failing Heart (Dedalus, 2018). He has also written a monograph on John Banville and was co-editor of a collection of essays on Irish suburban literary and visual cultures. He has contributed essays and reviews to numerous publications, including The Irish Times, Books Ireland, Dublin Review of Books, and the Literary Review. He has taught English literature and Creative Writing at universities and colleges in Dublin, Maynooth and Carlow since the mid-2000s.


Eoghan is reading an extract from A Provincial Death which was published by Dedalus in February 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 15th 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