Caroline O’Donoghue & Mary Watson

Ages 14+

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Wednesday 13 July 2022

2:30 pm

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Join us for an afternoon of fantasy, magical realism and supernatural goings on with Caroline O’Donoghue and Mary Watson. This event is suitable for ages 14+ and older fans of Caroline’s and Mary’s writing are also very welcome. Caroline and Mary will be in conversation with Sasha de Buyl

Admission: €10

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Caroline O’Donoghue’s The Gifts That Bind Us is the spellbinding supernatural sequel to one of the hottest YA releases of the last year, All Our Hidden Gifts. Maeve and her friends have uncovered their powers and banded together as a coven: Roe can pick locks, Lily sends sparks flying, Maeve can read minds and Fiona can heal any injury. And even better than their newfound talents? Roe and Maeve are officially an item. But with strange things happening at school, and old enemies appearing in new places, it soon becomes clear their powers are attracting all the wrong attention. It’s not long before Maeve’s gift starts to wane, drained by someone – or something – that’s hiding even from her second sight…


Mary Watson’s Blood to Poison is a furious and mesmerising story about discovering magic, historical rage and love in all its guises. It’s an epic South African fantasy and the first novel that Mary has rooted in her South African heritage. Seventeen-year-old Savannah is cursed. It’s a sinister family heirloom; passed down through the bloodline for hundreds of years, with one woman in every generation destined to die young. The family call them Hella’s girls, named for their ancestor Hella; the enslaved woman with whom it all began. Hella’s girls are always angry, especially in the months before they die.  The anger is bursting from Savannah – at the men who cat-call her in the street, at her mother’s disingenuous fiancé, even at her own loving family. Each fit of rage is bringing her closer to the edge and now Savannah has to act to save herself. Or die trying. Because the key to survival lies in the underbelly of Cape Town, where the sinister veilwitches are waiting for just such a girl.



Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline O’Donoghue is an novelist and podcaster who is originally from Cork. She has published two adult novels, Promising Young Women and Scenes of a Graphic Nature, and her third...

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Mary Watson

Mary Watson grew up in Cape Town during the apartheid years and did her Masters in Creative Writing with André Brink. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing in...

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Sasha de Buyl

Sasha de Buyl is the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. She has worked for over ten years as a literature development professional in Scotland and prior to...

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