18 – Niamh Mulvey

Genres: Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | Short Stories
The cover of Niamh Mulvey's novel has the title Hearts & Bones in large pink writing and the subtitle Love Songs for Late Youth in smaller writers. There is an illustration of a woman in her twenties or thirties. She has blond hair and her hand is shielding her eyes from the sun as she looks at something we cannot see

Welcome to Day 18 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Niamh Mulvey.


Niamh Mulvey is from Kilkenny, Ireland and worked in publishing in London for several years. Her short fiction has been published in The Stinging FlyBanshee and Southword and has been shortlisted for the Seán O’Faoláin Prize for Short Fiction 2020. Hearts and Bones: Love Songs For Late Youth is her debut collection of short stories.


Niamh is reading an extract from Hearts and Bones: Love Songs For Late Youth which was published by Picador in June 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 18th 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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