“Anne Enright is the perfect writer for our times.”
Nuala Ní Chonchúir
In January, when Anne Enright was chosen as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, few people were surprised. Since The Portable Virgin, Enright has built a reputation as a writer of astonishing range, equally at home writing a bestselling memoir of motherhood (Making Babies), a bawdy historical novel (The Pleasures of Eliza Lynch) or a coruscating dissection of the boom years (The Forgotten Waltz). Her Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Gathering explored the grief of one family at their brother’s wake, and her new novel, The Green Road, considers another gathering of sorts, when the children of an ailing matriarch return home for a final Christmas together. At this years festival, Enright explores the world of The Green Road.
The event is chaired by writer and editor Niall McMonagle