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Evelyn Conlon & Adrian Duncan in conversation with Alannah Hopkin

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Evelyn Conlon & Adrian Duncan in conversation with Alannah Hopkin

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Evelyn Conlon is novelist, short story writer, radio essayist and anthologist. Her work, described as ‘by turn poetic, acerbic, spare and beautifully descriptive’, often deals with people who are between places, crossing borders both real and imagined. It has been widely anthologised and translated, including into Tamil and Chinese. Naoise Dolan said of her most recent collection, Moving About the Place, Blackstaff, 2021, "Her restraint is not to be confused with repression: there is heart in these stories, and Conlon holds back so that it means something when she lets go. Each sentence advances the story and is a work of art. Her description of the sky ... is word-perfect, efficiently expository and gorgeous to live in.”

Adrian Duncan, born in County Longford, is a Berlin-based visual artist who originally trained as an engineer. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals both in Ireland and the USA. His acclaimed debut novel, Love Notes from a German Building Site, published by Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019, was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Emerging Writer Award and won the inaugural John McGahern Annual Book Prize. His second novel, A Sabbatical in Leipzig, published by Lilliput Press in 2020, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year 2021. His first collection of short stories, Midfield Dynamo, published by Lilliput Press in 2021, is longlisted for the 2021 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

Alannah Hopkin (moderator) is a writer based in southwest Ireland. Last year she was Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, and this year she will be teaching on the Creative Writing M.A. at University College Cork. Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others, and been short-listed for the RTE Short Story Award. She has worked as a freelance journalist mainly in arts and travel, and as an art critic and book reviewer. Her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place and she has published two novels with Hamish Hamilton (London). Her memoir, ‘A Very Strange Man’: A Memoir of Aidan Higgins, was published by New Island in Spring, 2021.

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