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Wendy Erskine & Nicole Flattery
3 December, 7pm
Join two of Ireland’s most exciting new short story writers, Wendy Erskine and Nicole Flattery, for an intimate evening of storytelling ...
Wendy Erskine's first collection of stories, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press and Picador, and has been translated into Italian and Arabic and optioned for TV. Her story 'Inakeen' was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Prize 2019.
“Spiky and funny, dark and stylish – Wendy Erskine is a natural-born storyteller, and this is a brilliant debut collection.” Kevin Barry
Nicole Flattery's first collection of stories, Show Them a Good Time, was published in 2019 to rave reviews. Her novel Nothing Special will be published by Bloomsbury next year.
“I truly admire Nicole Flattery's writing ... a master class in the short story – bold, irreverent and agonizingly funny.’ Sally Rooney

Pre-performance drinks included

Fiona Benson & Stephen Sexton, with renowned violinist Vladimir Jablokov
4 December, 7pm
Join Fiona Benson and Stephen Sexton, two of the finest contemporary poets writing today, in the beautiful setting of Hilton Park for an evening of poetry, with music by renowned violinist Vladimir Jablokov.
Fiona Benson is the recipient of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Both collections were shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her third collection, Ephemeron, is forthcoming with Jonathan Cape.
“This extraordinarily moving collection is a bold confrontation of violence against women. Vertigo & Ghost is one of the darkest, bravest and most unsettling collections I have read in a while.” Kate Kellaway, Observer
Stephen Sexton’s collection If All the World and Love Were Young won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the E. M. Forster Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His second collection, Cheryl’s Destinies, was published earlier this year by Penguin.
“A poetry debut fit to compare with Seamus Heaney ... up there with the greats.” Sunday Times

Vladimir Jablokov has released nine albums to date, and has had multiple sell-out shows at the National Concert Hall and elsewhere. He has toured the UK with his brother as Special Guests to soprano Katherine Jenkins and played support to Il Divo at 3Arena.

"Jablokov's performances are nothing short of electric and exhilarating as he brings his skilled fusion of classical music with the playfulness, energy, passion and emotion of gipsy, folk and popular music to intense life." The Journal of Music

Pre-performance drinks included

Helen Macdonald
5 December, 3pm
Nature writer extraordinaire, Helen Macdonald, joins The Moth’s Will Govan to talk about her work and to read from her Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller Vesper Flights – “thrilling dispatches from a vanishing world” (Observer), “a book of ideas and urgent beautiful writing” (Spectator)
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Her book H is for Hawk won many prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Costa Book of the Year, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, and in the US was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and lives in Suffolk.
Pre-performance tea & coffee included