Four of Ireland’s most exciting authors appear in this year’s Ottawa International Writers’ Festival: Sara Baume, Danielle McLaughlin, Paul Lynch and Christine Dwyer Hickey.
Winner of the prestigious Davy Byrnes Short Story Award in 2014, Sara Baume’s much anticipated debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Tramp Press 2015) was described by Joseph O’Connor in The Irish Times as “a stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness”.
The Irish Independent described Danielle McLaughlin’s writing as “so captivating and visual that you are instantly in the story from the first paragraph”. Winner of the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition in 2012, Danielle’s short stories have been published in The New Yorker and The Irish Times, and her full length collection, Dinosaurs On Other Planets was published by The Stinging Fly in 2015.
Paul Lynch’s debut novel Red Sky in Morning was published, after a six-publisher auction, to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2013. His second novel The Black Snow was published in 2014 in the UK and Ireland and 2015 in the US where it was an Amazon.com Book of the Month. In France it won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and the inaugural Prix des Lecteurs Privat. It was hailed as “masterful” by The Sunday Times, “fierce and stunning” by The Toronto Star. The American writer Ron Rash has called Lynch “one of his generation’s very finest novelists”.
Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. A winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story Competition and the Observer/Penguin Short Story Award, her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies world-wide. Her novel Last Train from Liguria was nominated for the Prix L’Européen de Littérature, and her novel Tatty was chosen as one of the 50 Irish Books of the Decade. Her latest novel The Lives of Women was published in April 2015 by New Island.