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This Literary Life: Live @Dublin Book Festival

Wendy Erskine and Thomas Kilroy in Conversation with Mary McCarthy

Based on a new interview series with Books Ireland, Mary McCarthy will chair an informal discussion with playwright Thomas Kilroy, author of Over the Backyard Wall (The Lilliput Press) and Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home (The Stinging Fly) on the trials and tribulations of life as a writer in contemporary Ireland.

Free entry, Booking advised


Mary McCarthy is a freelance journalist writing for a number of publications. She is an avid reader and an iron-willed book club administrator. @maryknowsbees

Thomas Kilroy is one of Ireland’s most distinguished living playwrights. He wrote his coming of age memoir, Over the Backyard Wall: A Memory Book, after having a cataract operation which shocked his memory into being and imparted him with a uniquely tactile and sensuous perception of his own past.

Wendy Erskine’s work has been published in various magazines and anthologies and has been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One and BBC Radio 4. Sweet Home, her critically acclaimed debut collection of stories, was published in Ireland in 2018 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK in 2019 by Picador. It is currently shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize having previously been long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize.