Ireland Fund Monaco Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library (under the aegis of Fondation Princesse Grace)
Caoilinn Hughes will read from her forthcoming novel, Orchid & the Wasp, followed by a short poetry reading. She will speak briefly about the early stage of the creative process: how a writer intuits if a notion or story or character is worth pursuing, and how the writer knows what genre or form that exploration might take.
Caoilinn Hughes’ debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, will be published in summer 2018 by Oneworld (United Kingdom), Hogarth (USA), Les Éditions Bourgois (France) and Steidl (Germany). Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville describes it as ‘an ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining account of the way we live now’ and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, says: ‘Orchid & the Wasp is a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity [... that] will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love. Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and was a finalist for the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Pigott Poetry Prize 2015 in association with Listowel Writers’ Week.
She is a fellow of the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Arts Omi, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Her work has appeared in Tin House, POETRY, Granta, Best British Poetry, Best NZ Poems, Poetry Ireland, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere.
Caoilinn has BA and MA degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During 2014-2017, she was Visiting Writer at Maastricht University, and she divides her time between Ireland and the Netherlands.
Monday 19 March 2018 at 19:30
Reservations are necessary due to the limited number of seats.
Entry 10 EUR per person payable at the door
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