The Laureate for Irish Fiction is proud to present The
Readers’ Voice, a series of author interviews taking place across the country,
celebrating the reader, local libraries and outstanding Irish writing.
Ireland's inaugural Laureate Anne Enright will interview six writers in six
different library related venues over the course of February, March and April.
Regardless of geography, we are encouraging readers across the country to
engage with this series, read the books and tune in online to watch the events
in libraries across the country.
Speaking about the series, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne
Enright says, “The Irish readership is the most loyal - and the
most silent - in the English-speaking world. The Readers’ Voice is a
celebration of book clubs and libraries, a small way of giving back to the
audience that has sustained the Irish tradition over the last many
There is no great statement here about the state
of Irish literature. This is a personal selection of six books, chosen with the
readers in mind. A little less plot driven than the usual book club choices,
perhaps, these novels focus, for the most part, on individual lives: on the
choices we make, our losses and reclamations. There are unforgettable
characters created on these pages: Paula Spencer in The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Farley Grainger in The Cold Eye of Heaven, Catherine
McKenna in Grace Notes, Melody Shee
in All We Shall Know, and the
American blow-in, Alice, in When Light is
Like Water. I was surprised, myself, by the number of female lives and
female voices in this cross section of contemporary Irish fiction, which were written
by both women and men. I also love first person narrators - they get so
close to the reader’s ear. Through these imperfect, unsettling, characters we
get a true glimpse of Ireland as it changes - and this change becomes the overt
subject in the social satire of The Devil
Tune into the events via Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaureateIrishFiction and
on Twitter #ReadersVoice.
The Readers’ Voice is an initiative of the Arts Council and
the Laureate for Irish Fiction, supported by the library system and RTÉ radio.
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