20 – 29 May

John Boyne & Paul Harding In Conversation

Having been mentored by Marilynne Robinson (Housekeeping, Gilead) at the famous Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, Paul Harding became the first debut novelist in over a decade to win the Pulitzer Prize, for his 2010 novel Tinkers, ‘a beautiful, moving and elegiac lament on the human condition’ (The Times).

John Boyne found international fame with his 2006 novel for younger readers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times Bestseller list and was made into an award-winning Miramax film. His ninth novel (his seventh for adults) is The Absolutist, a tender and poignant story of two young privates during the Great War whose lives are briefly but intensely intertwined.

Chairperson: Niall MacMonagle