Martin Doyle in Conversation with Lucy Caldwell and Joseph O’Connor, 2 June 2021

3 June 2021: If you were unable to attend the “live” event, you can access the recording here. Passcode: &T4Q0NAJ. (There may be a problem seeing the video if you’re using Safari. If so, please try a different browser). The recording will be available til the end of 10 June 2021 (BST).


Join us for an exciting event featuring two of the island’s most talented writers. Literary editor of the Irish Times, Martin Doyle, will be in conversation with Lucy Caldwell and Joseph O’Connor on 2 June 2021, from 6.30-8pm.

The discussion will touch on – but also move beyond – the authors’ interest in Brian Moore.

About Lucy Caldwell: 

Born in Belfast in 1981, Lucy Caldwell is the award-winning author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and most recently two collections of short stories: Multitudes(Faber, 2016) and Intimacies (Faber, 2021). She is also the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019).

Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Irish Writers’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe), the Edge Hill Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Lucy is a former RLF Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

About Joseph O’Connor: 

Novelist, screenwriter, playwright and broadcaster, Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He is the author of nine novels including Star of the Sea, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book novel 2011) and Shadowplay (June 2019). Among his awards are the Prix Zepter for European Novel of the Year, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, an American Library Association Award and the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. His work has been translated into forty languages. In 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. Twice-Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey has written, ‘There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly, through such gorgeous sentences. Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph.