Running Feet, Sharp Noses with Sara Baume & Jessica Traynor

Time and date

Friday 14 July 2023

3:00 pm

What is it about animals? – those creatures that keep us company, a figure in a memory or folktale, the shadowy presence in a photograph, or an ancient drawing on a wall. Guides, companions, imaginary beings, hindrances, sources of fear and love ... 'Running Feet, Sharp Noses' is an essential collection of essays on the animal world. Each piece is a profound meditation on how animals affect our sense of self, our memories, our actions. We are joined by two of the contributors, Sara Baume and Jessica Traynor.

Sara and Jessica will be in conversation with fellow writer Oonagh Montague.

Please note: this is an outdoor seated event so please dress according to the weather on the day. We do have a rainy-day alternative at the venue but will endeavour to be outside if possible

Admission: €18

Running Feet, Sharp Noses: Essays on the animal world is a brilliant new book of non-fiction which investigates – with the insights and perceptions of some of the finest writers at work today – how animals shape and determine our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not. The anthology includes contributions by Latifa Akay, Sara Baume, John Berger, June Caldwell, Niamh Campbell, Vona Groarke, Edward Hoagland, Tim MacGabhann, Sabrina Mandanici, Darragh McCausland, Honor Moore, Eileen Myles, Stephen Sexton, Jessica Traynor, Erica Van Horn, and Suzanne Walsh.


Sensitive, playful, and every bit as charming as its subjects, Running feet, sharp noses is a modern bestiary, a fitting tribute to the fragile and dear connections we forge with animals, and their ability to capture the literary imagination. Roisin Kiberd, author of The Disconnect


Extraordinary… Animal lovers, or indeed lovers of great, philosophical writing, will adore this book. Sunday Business Post


A joy to read. Irish Independent



Sara Baume

Sara Baume’s previous work includes novels Spill Simmer Falter Wither, A Line Made by Walking, Seven Steeples and her 2020 bestselling non-fiction debut, handiwork. Her writing has won the Davy...

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Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984 and is a poet, essayist and librettist. Her debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and in 2016...

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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 solo parenting while lecturing in journalism and...

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