Burning Books: Michael Magee

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Monday 15 July 2024

5:00 pm

Burning Books asks each guest which books they would save if their house was on fire—a little like Desert Island discs, for books. Interviewed by Books Ireland editor Ruth McKee, guests choose the books which have formed the backdrop to their lives, from childhood memories to important life events to books which influenced their writing, and much more.

In this live edition of the Burning Books podcast, Ruth will be in conversation with special guest Michael Magee. Their conversation will be recorded and released as an episode of the pocast at a later date.

Admission: €12

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Michael Magee’s debut novel Close To Home won the Rooney Prize for Literature, the Nero Book Award for Debut Fiction and the Waterstones Irish Book of the Year in 2023.


‘Magee is the author of one of the most electrifying debut novels of the past year and one of the most distinctive new voices to emerge from Northern Irish literature’ The Charlotte Aitken Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award chair of judges Johanna Thomas-Corr


This event is supported by Books Ireland



Michael Magee

Michael Magee is the fiction editor of The Tangerine and a graduate of the PhD Creative Writing programme at Queen’s University, Belfast. His writing has appeared in Winter Papers, The...

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Ruth McKee

Ruth McKee is editor of Books Ireland, a writer and reviewer.   Ruth McKee’s attendance at West Cork Literary Festival is supported by Books Ireland     

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