Sally Rooney at Liverpool Literary Festival

Sally Rooney at Liverpool Literary Festival

20th October 2018

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Three exciting figures from a new generation of writers will be talking about and reading from their work with the distinguished novelist Colm Tóibín. Sally Rooney, Lisa McInerney and Anthony Joseph have already enjoyed considerable critical success and are clearly writers to watch in future.

Sally Rooney’s acclaimed debut novel, Conversations with Friends (‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation’) was a Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard Book of the Year. Rooney was the winner of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018, Folio Prize and Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, Normal People, is published in September 2018.

Lisa McInerney’s debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Her work has featured in Winter Papers, Stinging Fly, Granta and on BBC Radio 4, and in the anthologies Beyond The Centre, The Long Gaze Back and Town and Country. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, was published in 2017.

Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and academic. He is the author of four poetry collections, and a novel, The African Origins of UFOs. As a musician he has released six critically acclaimed albums. His seventh, People of the Sun, is released in summer 2018, alongside his second novel, Kitch, a fictional biography of calypso icon Lord Kitchener. His epic, experimental novel, The Frequency of Magic, is due in 2019. He is the University of Liverpool’s Colm Tóibín Fellow in Creative Writing.


Saturday 20 October / 10.00-11.15 am