Digital Broadcast: Sunday 27th September: 20.00-21.00

Join one of Ireland’s best-known authors Dermot Bolger as he interviews award-winning writers Billy O’Callaghan and Christine Dwyer Hickey.


Born in Cork, 1974, Billy O’Callaghan’s recent books are the novel, My Coney Island Baby (2019) and the collection, The Boatman and Other Stories (2020), both from Jonathan Cape. A winner of the Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year, and shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award and Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, his work is widely translated. A new novel, Life Sentences, is forthcoming in 2021.

Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist and short story writer. Her novel Tatty is the One City One Book 2020. Her latest novel, The Narrow Land was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year 2019 and won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020. Her work is widely translated into European and Arabic languages. She is a member of Aosdána.

Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers, whose novels include The Journey Home, Tanglewood, and his fourteenth and most recent, An Ark of Light. Recent plays include Last Orders at the Dockside and Ulysses, both staged by the Abbey Theatre. His New & Selected Poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious, appeared in 2017. This year his debut short story collection, Secrets Never Told, will be published.