ICC Literary Festival 2021: Eimear McBride
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Eimear McBride in conversation with Keith Hopper
About Eimear McBride:
Born in Liverpool to Irish parents, Eimear McBride’s childhood was spent in Ireland, following which she moved to London to train at The Drama Centre. She enjoyed enormous critical success for her experimental debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2013) which attracted an extraordinary number of awards, including The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, The Goldsmiths Prize, The Folio Prize, The Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and The Desmond Elliot Prize. Her second novel The Lesser Bohemians (2016) won The James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize and The RSL Encore Award. In 2017 she became University of Reading’s inaugural Beckett Creative Fellow during which she produced Mouthpieces, a triptych of miniature plays which aired on RTE Radio 1 in 2019. Eimear published her third novel Strange Hotel in 2020 and her most recent book, Something Out of Place: Women & Disgust, was published in August 2021.
She also writes short stories which have been published in various places, including The Guardian, Prospect magazine and The Long Gaze Back (2015). She writes and reviews for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Irish Times and New York Times Book Review. Eimear is a regular contributor to RTE and to BBC Radio.
About Dr Keith Hopper:
Dr Keith Hopper lectures in Writing & Literature at the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009); general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007); and co-editor of Flann O’Brien: Centenary Essays (2011) and The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013). He also co-edited a series of four books by and about the Irish writer Dermot Healy (2015-2016). Keith is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently writing a book on poetry and the sense of place in the digital age.