Writing Dublin, Writing New York
Tuesday October 25, 2011
Presented in partnership with Ireland's The Stinging Fly magazine as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America, 2011. This panel explored the literary bond between Dublin and New York and the writers that feel at home in both places. The panel featured Nick Laird, Emer Martin, Sean O'Reilly, and Keith Ridgway with moderator Declan Meade.
Nick Laird was born in Country Tyrone in 1975. He is a poet, novelist and critic whose work has appeared in journals such as the London Review of Books, The Believer, the TLS, The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He writes an occasional column for the Guardian newspaper. He has published two collections of poetry, To A Fault and On Purpose, and two novels Utterly Monkey and Glover's Mistake, and is the recipent of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award, the Irish Chair of Poetry Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Betty Trask Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh award. He teaches at Barnard College, New York. A new collection, Go Giants, is published next year.
Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the United States. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Irish Book of the Year 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. A second novel, More Bread or I’ll Appear, followed in 1999. Emer studied painting at Hunter College in New York and has had solo shows of her paintings at the Origin Gallery, Dublin. Her latest novel, Baby Zero, was published by Brandon (Ireland) in 2007. Emer was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She now lives in County Meath and teaches courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre and at Trinity College Dublin.
Sean O’Reilly grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland. His first book was the acclaimed short story collection, Curfew. This was followed by the novel, Love and Sleep, which was listed as one of the top fifty Irish novels by the Irish Times. His next novel, The Swing of Things, told the story of an IRA man searching for a new beginning in boom-time Dublin following his release from prison under the Good Friday Agreement. Then came Watermark, an experimental erotic novel, the first book published by the Stinging Fly Press. He has been Writer-in-Residence in various cultural and academic institutes. In collaboration with The Stinging Fly, he runs an innovative novel-writing workshop in Dublin where he now lives.
Keith Ridgway is an Irish writer, born and brought up in Dublin, who has lived in London for most of the last ten years and who now lives in Edinburgh. His first novel, The Long Falling, was published in 1998. It received the Prix Femina Étranger in 2001, and was made into a film directed by Martin Provost earlier this year. Ridgway was awarded The Rooney Prize for his short story collection Standard Time. He is also the author of the novels The Parts (2003) and Animals (2007). An extract from his new book, Hawthorn & Child, appeared in The New Yorker earlier this year; it will be published by Granta Books in 2012.
Declan Meade has published and edited The Stinging Fly magazine since 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he edited the James Joyce Bloomsday Magazine for the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. In 2005 he set up The Stinging Fly Press that he continues to run in tandem with the magazine. He has edited two anthologies of short stories, These Are Our Lives (2006) and Let's Be Alone Together (2008). In 2004 and again in 2009, he organised the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, Ireland's biggest short story competition.