20 – 29 May


New Zealand Focus at ILFDublin 2018: Kirsty Gunn, Hera Lindsay Bird, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ashleigh Young

Opening Weekend – Programme Director’s Pick

Kirsty Gunn

International Literature Festival Dublin kicks off on Saturday 19 May and Kirsty Gunn is my pick for our opening weekend at the festival. This will be her first event to launch her novel Caroline’s Bikini - a witty, contemporary update on the courtly love tradition.

Evan Gordonstone is a successful middle-aged banker who meets socialite and hostess Caroline Beresford and falls head of over heels into unrequited love – a story as old literature itself.

Through a series of conversations with the narrator Emily, his passion is laid bare, as she attempts to write the novel describing his predicament. This is a book that plays with form – a novel about the art of novel writing. It pokes fun at our expectations at what novels should be but does so with real heart and soul.

Kirsty’s event is the first in a series with New Zealand writers at ILF Dublin 2018, which also sees NZ poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, essayist Ashleigh Young and poet Hera Lindsay Bird.

Kirsty was born in New Zealand, has lived in Scotland and then England for most of her adult life. She is a scholar of Katherine Mansfield and has published eight works of fiction. She has said that ‘the space of the novel has become her true geographical home’. Come and meet this bold and brilliant writer on Sunday to discover more at this launch event.

Martin Colthorpe

Programme Director