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Writers Donal Ryan & Martin Dyar in The Linenhall

Booker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan and Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Martin Dyar present Hearts and Minds, a special evening of collaborative and interactive explorations of their work, at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday, November 30, at 8pm.
Tipperary-born Ryan has penned three novels, ‘The Spinning Heart’, ‘The Thing About December’ and, most recently, ‘All We Shall Know’, as well as a short-story collection ‘A Slanting of the Sun’.
‘The Spinning Heart’ won The Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, ‘All We Shall Know’, was published in September 2016.
Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford. His debut book ‘Maiden Names’ was a Book of the Year selection in The Guardian and The Irish Times and was the winner of the 2009 Patrick Kavanagh Award, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. His poem ‘Death and the Post Office’ has been added to the Leaving Cert Prescribed Poetry syllabus.
Reading in a special ‘call-and-response’ format, the two writers will also offer reflections on their creative processes and the centrality of rural Ireland to their writing. The event will be followed by a signing, with special-edition books available on the night.

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  • Elizabeth

    I won't make it to Castlebar later, apologies. Hope it's a great event.

    November 30

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