Friday 30th September: Bray Town Hall @ 17.00

Join authors Catherine Dunne, Lia Mills and Marian Thérèse Keyes, along with publisher Alan Hayes, as they discuss the importance of keeping fiction in print in an attempt to revise the canon.

Catherine Dunne is the award-winning author of eleven novels, and one work of non-fiction, An Unconsidered People (2003), exploring the lives of Irish immigrants in 1950s London. An updated edition was published in October 2021. She received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2018.

Lia Mills writes fiction, literary essays and memoir. Her novel, Fallen, was the Dublin/Belfast Two Cities One Book selection in 2016. In April, a new edition of her first novel, Another Alice, was published as part of the Arlen Classic Literature series. Lia is the current Chair of Irish PEN. She recently completed a PhD in creative writing.

Marian Thérèse Keyes is enjoying a busy freelance career since retiring from dlr LexIcon where she programmed festivals, exhibitions and events. She has co-authored several local history publications with New Island Books including People on the Pier (2018) and Divine Illumination (2019). Her latest book is A Life of No Light Toil: The Anna Maria Fielding Hall Reader, published this year by Arlen House.

Originally founded by Catherine Rose in 1975 to redress the underrepresentation of women authors in Ireland, and revived in 2000 by Alan Hayes, Arlen House remains one of Ireland’s most important feminist presses. Alan is dedicated to revising the Irish literary canon.