Tuesday 29th April 2014; 7pm to 8.30pm,
CCA Club Room, Glasgow:
‘International Event’ with Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Nuala Ní Chonchúir, rising star of the Irish literary scene, promotes her new title: The Closet of Savage Mementos (set in a fictionalised Ullapool, and inspired by her own experiences in Scotland during her early twenties). Her narrator, Lillis, falls pregnant by an older local man but chooses to return home to Dublin. The novel broaches the question: does poor parenting cause poor parenting, or a fear of parenting badly? The tale examines grief and love, and how the two become entwined with unpredictable results.
Nuala is a fiction writer and poet. She has published one novel, four collections of short fiction, a chapbook of flash fiction, and three poetry collections. Born in Dublin in 1970, she lives in East Galway with her husband and three children. Her fourth short story collection, Mother America, was published by New Island in 2012; The Irish Times said of it: “Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of Edna O’Brien’s flame”. Her début novel, You (New Island, 2010), was called “a gem” by The Irish Examiner and “a heart-warmer” by The Irish Times. A chapbook of flash fiction, Of Dublin and Other Fictions, is just out from Tower Press in the US.
Nuala has won many writing awards, including RTÉ Radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the Jane Geske Award (USA), the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award, the Dublin Review of Books Flash Fiction Prize, and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. She was shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature, and most recently won the Gladstone’s Library Flash Fiction Prize (UK).
Tickets: £6 (£3 for concessions). Free to SWC members.