Deirdre Sullivan: I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay

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Wednesday 13 July 2022

5:00 pm


Bantry Library

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In I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay, a dark and glittering collection of short stories, Deirdre Sullivan explores the trauma and power that reside in women’s bodies. Already established as an award-winning writer for children and young adults, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay is Deirdre’s first book for adults and it marks her arrival as a captivating new voice in literary fiction. Deirdre will be in conversation with Oonagh Montague.

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A teenage girl tries to fit in at a party held in a haunted house, with unexpected and disastrous consequences. A mother and daughter run a thriving online business selling antique dolls, while their customers get more than they bargained for. And after a stillbirth, a young woman discovers that there is something bizarre and wondrous growing inside her. With empathy and invention, Sullivan effortlessly blends genres in stories that are by turns strange and exquisite.


There is something luscious and intriguing in Deirdre Sullivan’s voice, which fuses fairy-tale logic to a real-world earthiness with breathtaking results. In her new short story collection, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay, she provides us with a masterclass in writing about trauma, women’s bodies and hauntings of all kinds. Irish Independent



Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is a writer and teacher from Galway. She has written seven acclaimed books for young adults, including Savage Her Reply (Little Island, 2020), Perfectly Preventable Deaths (Hot Key...

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Oonagh Montague

Oonagh Montague is a writer whose fiction has been published in Winter Papers. A former editor of Arts Ireland she worked as a journalist for the Sunday Independent and the Irish Examiner. Now...

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