03-03 June 2009


Tickets: 12

Three literary firsts.

Three compelling new voices.

One unmissable event.

Dublin Writers Festival present Ed O’Loughlin, Aifric Campbell and Peter Murphy in discussion with Declan Burke.

From loves to losses, ‘firsts’ linger longest in our memories. It is not surprising, therefore, that we hold a special reverence for the debut – literary or otherwise. But what is the impetus, and once the great publishing citadel is breached, how does it feel to let your offspring loose on an unsuspecting public? Three Irish writers, making their first forays into the world of fiction, offer their thoughts.

For his remarkably assured first novel Not Untrue and Not Unkind, Irish Times foreign correspondent Ed O’Loughlin returns to familiar territory: the friendships and betrayals of a group of journalists and photographers covering Africa’s wars.

Chosen by Joseph O’Connor as one of his highlights of 2008, Aifric Campbell’s The Semantics of Murder is a taut psychological drama about an eminent psychoanalyst whose sideline as a writer cuts too close to the bone.

Irish music journalist and art critic (Hot Press, Rolling Stone) Peter Murphy evokes the pent-up frustrations of parochial adolescence in his hypnotic literary debut John the Revelator, a tale of small town purgatory and the promise of escape.

‘The most exciting first novel I have read in many years.’ Anne Enright on Not Untrue and Not Unkind, by Ed O’Loughlin

‘An intellectual novel of ideas written with real verve and style.’ Patricia Dunker on The Semantics of Murder by Aifric Campbell

‘So fresh, so original and disturbing and brave … an absolutely wonderful novel.’ Colm Tóibin on John the Revelator by Peter Murphy

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Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

3 JUNE ~ Tickets

€12 & €10 (conc*)

*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.


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