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Donal Ryan in Conversation

With Paula Shields

‘A life-enhancing talent’

Sebastian Barry

Following his appearance in our online interview series ‘For
Air and Friendly Talk’ during 2021, we are delighted to welcome Donal Ryan back
to HomePlace in person!

Donal Ryan’s work has been published in over 20 languages to
major critical acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award,
the EU Prize for Literature and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it
was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted
for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted ‘Irish
Book of the Decade’. His fourth novel, From
a Low and Quiet Sea
, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted
for the Costa Novel Award 2018, and won the Jean Monnet Prize for European
Literature. His most recent novel, Strange
, was voted Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was a
number one bestseller.

He returns with a new novel The Queen of Dirt Island, an uplifting celebration of fierce, loyal
family love and the powerful stories that last generations.