I.NY 2019 | Kevin Barry: In the New Yorker




18:00pm to 19:30pm


Fri 18 Oct '19


Dance Limerick Performance Space, St Johns Church, Johns Square

I.NY festival event, hosted by Dance Limerick. 

I.NY presents a reading and conversation with Booker Prize nominee Kevin Barry. The multi-award winning Limerick-born author is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine - the Manhattan home of numerous Irish writers from Maeve Brennan and Colum McCann to Ann Enright, Colm Toibin and Sally Rooney. Kevin will read from his New Yorker-published work, and discuss the experience of working closely with that particular New York institution. He will also read from and discuss his new novel Night Boat to Tangier, for which he has been long-listed for the Booker Prize, while also discussing, with his friend and colleague, DJ and broadcaster Aoife Nic Canna, the influence of New York's writing and music on their respective creative life and work.

More about Kevin Barry

Booker Prize nominee Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone and City of Bohane, and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays appear in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

More about Aoife Nic Canna

Aoife Nic Canna was born in Dublin and raised in Limerick as a young and budding teenager. Growing up on Mallow Street and spending time in the Belltable Arts Centre drinking coffee after school, discussing records and mix tapes is where it all began for her. With a number of residencies behind her, from The Rock Garden, The Kitchen and more notably her eight year residency in Rí- Rá, she has become one of Ireland’s front runners, not only for her fresh and innovative mixture of music, but also for having the ability to see a good opportunity when it arises and capitalizing on it. With much critical acclaim in the domestic press, she tours Ireland continuously, with regular appearances in Cork, Limerick and Belfast. “I believe that Limerick is a naturally vibrant and musical city because of people’s involvement with and exposure to arts and culture”, she says. “Music has always played a big part in the city and always will, from our clubs, music bars, live gigs, bands, musicians and DJs, making Limerick my favourite place to return to”.


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