Cork World Book Fest 2017 – A Celebration Of New Novels Book Tickets

Saturday 22 April
Price:€ Free

With Alan McMonagle and Billy O’Callaghan

Each year we end the Festival with a celebration of new fiction and this year is no exception. The focus of one of our workshops was ‘turning a short story into a novel,’ and the focus of our celebration is short story writers becoming novelists. Both Alan McMonagle and Billy O’Callaghan are accomplished short story writers and these novels are their first published forays into the longer form.

Ithaca is Galway writer Alan McMonagle’s first novel and was published by Piador, as part of a two book deal, on 9 March 2017. This is a darkly comic story of how far a lonely boy will go to find what he’s looking for, and how in searching for what we’ve lost, we risk losing sight of what we have.

“It’s pretty rare to find a rookie novelist writing with such conviction, authority and style. But McMonagle’s prose has all three in spades. This is top-notch stuff, and I would be extremely surprised if the Galway writer does not land himself a couple of literary prizes in the months ahead. There is an originality of voice here that I have not come across in Irish fiction for quite some years now.” – Irish Independent.

‘The Dead House’ is Cork man Billy O’Callaghan’s first novel. Maggie Turner, a successful young artist, moves from London to Allihies and buys an abandoned cottage from pre-Famine times. She is keen to concentrate on her art, but fragile after a broken relationship. While isolation seems romantic, the house is not the paradise she imagines. A modern ghost story by a masterful writer.

‘The Dead House’ is published by O’Brien Press in April 2017 and will be launched at the Book Festival.

Introduced by poet, short story writer and novelist William Wall

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