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Kevin Barry & Billy O'Callaghan in conversation with Clíona Ní Ríordáin

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Kevin Barry is the author of three novels, most recently Night Boat to Tangier and three short story collections, most recently That Old Country Music. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, a Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the Booker Prize and was a New York Times Top Ten Book for 2019. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta and elsewhere. He also writes for the screen and for the stage.

Billy O'Callaghan is the author of four short story collections and three novels, most recently Life Sentences (Jonathan Cape, 2021), and the acclaimed collection, The Boatman and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape, 2020). Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award and shortlisted for the COSTA Short Story Award and the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award, his work has been translated into over a dozen languages and his short stories have appeared widely, in journals such as Agni, the Kenyon Review, Narrative, Ploughshares and the Saturday Evening Post. A new novel will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2023.

Clíona Ní Ríordáin (moderator) is a critic, translator and Professor of English at the Sorbonne Nouvelle where she teaches translation and Irish literature. Her most recent book is English Language Poets in University College Cork 1970-1980 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). She has also edited several anthologies of Irish poetry, including Jeune Poésie d’Irlande: les poètes du Munster (Illador, 2015) and a volume of Gerry Murphy's poems, Plus loin encore, with Circe, both co-edited and co-translated with Paul Bensimon. She chairs the Fondation irlandaise’s Translation Prize and sits on the Strategic Committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

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