Reading Schedule at PRIM’S BOOKSTORE, Kinsale




August 4th


5:00 – 7:00


After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood began work as a journalist, writing at first about the theatre as well as general features on everything from gun control to Giorgio Armani. But increasingly she found herself specialising in film interviews – Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro; Martin Scorsese and Paul McCartney. She has appeared in most of the UK’s leading newspapers – The Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph (Daily and Sunday) – and magazines from Sight and Sound to The New Statesman.

Turning to history she wrote two bestselling Tudor biographies, Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester; and the eighteenth century story Bird of Paradise: The colourful career of the first Mrs Robinson which was selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week. She also published a book on iconic dresses, Fabulous Frocks (with Jane Eastoe); and a 50th anniversary companion to the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as co-authoring The Ring and the Crown, a book on the history of royal weddings. Her most recent non-fiction books are Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe (2016) Blood Sisters: the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses (2012) and The Story of Beatrix Potter (2016). She has also published a historical novel, The Girl in the Mirror.

A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, Sarah was one of the team providing Radio 4’s live coverage of the royal wedding; and has since spoken on royal and historical stories from the royal babies to the reburial of Richard III for Sky News, Woman’s Hour, BBC World, Radio 5 Live, and CBC. She has contributed to a number of television documentary series on cinema and fashion, as well as on history and the monarchy. Shortlisted for both the Marsh Biography Award and the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing, she is a Fellow of the RSA, and an Honorary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.



Malcolm was educated at Eton College and Merton College, Oxford. He worked for several decades as a film critic for The Guardian, having previously been an amateur jockey and the paper’s first horse racing correspondent. In 1977, he was a member of the jury at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival. In the mid-1980s he was host of The Film Club on BBC2, which was dedicated to art house films, and was director of the London Film Festival for several years.
After leaving The Guardian in 2000, he published his final series of articles, The Century of Films, in which he discusses films he admires from his favourite directors from around the world. After The Guardian he became chief film critic for the Evening Standard, before being replaced in 2009 by novelist Andrew O’Hagan. He still contributes film reviews for the newspaper, but it emerged in July 2013 that his contribution to the title was to be reduced further.[5]
In 2008 he was a member of the jury at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival.
Malcolm is president of the British Federation of Film Societies and the International Film Critics’ Circle. In 2003 he published an autobiographical book, Family Secrets, which recounts how in 1917 his father shot his mother’s lover dead, but was found not guilty of murder.



August 5th

5:00 – 7:00

TICKETS 15 euros


JOHN BANVILLE will be joining us at the Abroad Writers’ Conference in Kinsale, Ireland, August 4 – 11th.

William John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945, the youngest of three siblings. He was educated at Christian Brothers schools and St Peter’s College, Wexford. After college John worked as a clerk for Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, before joining The Irish Press as a sub-editor in 1969. Continuing with journalism for over thirty years, John was Literary Editor at The Irish Times from 1988 to 1999.

John’s first book, Long Lankin, a collection of short stories and a novella, was published in 1970. His first novel, Nightspawn, came out in 1971, followed byBirchwood (1973), Doctor Copernicus (1976), Kepler (1981), The Newton Letter(1982), Mefisto (1986), The Book of Evidence (1989), Ghosts (1993), Athena(1995), The Untouchable (1997), Eclipse (2000), Shroud (2002), The Sea (2005),The Infinities (2009) and Ancient Light (2012). His non-fiction book, Prague Pictures: Portraits of a City, was published in 2003 as part of Bloomsbury’s ‘The Writer and the City’ series. In 2012, an anthology comprising extracts from John’s fifteen novels to date, together with selections drawn from his dramatic works and various reviews, was published under the title, Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader.

Among the awards John’s novels have won are the Allied Irish Banks fiction prize, the American-Irish Foundation award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, theGuardian Fiction Prize. In 1989 The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was awarded the first Guinness Peat Aviation Award; in Italian, as La Spiegazione dei Fatti, the book was awarded the 1991 Premio Ennio Flaiano. Ghostswas shortlisted for the Whitbread Fiction Prize 1993; The Untouchable for the same prize in 1997. In 2003 John was awarded the Premio Nonino. He has also received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation in the US. In 2005, John won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. Last year, John was awarded the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature.

Under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, John has published the following crime novels: Christine Falls (2006), The Silver Swan (2007), The Lemur (2008), Elegy for April (2010), A Death in Summer (2011) and Vengeance (2012). Later this year, Mantle will publish Holy Orders, the sixth book in the Quirke series. The first three have been adapted by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson for the BBC, and will be broadcast later this autumn, starring Gabriel Byrne in the title role.

John (again writing as Benjamin Black) has also been commissioned by theRaymond Chandler Estate to pen a new Philip Marlowe novel which will be published by Holt in the US in 2014.



Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and grew up in Douglas village, where he still lives. His first collection of short stories, In Exile, was published by Mercier Press in 2008. This was followed a year later by a second collection, In Too Deep (also published by Mercier Press).[5][6] Then, in 2013, his third collection, The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind, was published by New Island Books. It earned him a 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award.

O’Callaghan’s short stories have been published in: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Bliza, Confrontation, The Fiddlehead, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Kenyon Review, the Kyoto Journal, the London Magazine, the Los Angeles Review, Narrative Magazine, the Southeast Review, Southword, Underground Voices, Versal, and Yuan Yang: a Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, and many other literary journals and magazines around the world. His stories have also been translated into Polish and Turkish, and have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s The Book On One,[9] Sunday Miscellany and the Francis McManus Award series.

O’Callaghan compiled a non-fiction book, Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing, from the Great Writers, which was published in 2014 by Cork City Libraries as part of their Occasional Series. He also regularly reviews books for the Irish Examiner.

In March 2016, it was announced that O’Callaghan’s first novel, The Dead House, would be released by Brandon Books in Spring 2017.

A novella, A Death In The Family, has been announced as a Ploughshares Solo, forthcoming in 2017.

In November 2013, the title story of O’Callaghan’s most recent collection, The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind won the inaugural Short Story of the Year Award at the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award. In January 2017, he was awarded second place for the Costa Short Story Award 2016 for his story The Boatman.

Listed among his other honours are The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, the George A. Birmingham Award, and Bursaries for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Cork County Council. He has also been shortlisted for many other awards both in Ireland and abroad, including the Seán Ó Faoláin Award, the Glimmer Train Prize, the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize and – on four occasions – the RTÉ/P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award. In addition, one of his stories was selected, in 2014, as Ireland’s representative in the ongoing UNESCO Cities of Literature project.

“I know of no writer on either side of the Atlantic who is better at exploring the human spirit under assault than Billy O’Callaghan. The stories in The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind are at once harrowing and uplifting, achingly sad and surpassingly beautiful. O’Callaghan is a treasure of the English language.”

— Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,
“The elegant force of Billy O’Callaghan’s prose is immediate and impossible to recover from. He is one of Ireland’s finest short story writers.”

— Simon Van Booy, Frank O’Connor Award-winning author of Love Begins in Winter,
Short story collections[edit]
In Exile (2008)
In Too Deep (2009)
The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind (2013)
Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing, from the Great Writers (2014)



August 6th


5:00 – 6:00


Michele was born in 1949, twenty minutes after my twin sister Marguerite, to a French mother and an English father. She grew up in Edgware, a suburb of north-west London. She attended two local convent schools. Summer holidays were spent at the house of our French grandparents in Normandy, near Etretat in the Pays de Caux.

Michele read for a B.A. in English Language and Literature at Somerville, Oxford. In those days this was a women’s college: the majority of Oxford colleges did not accept women. Next, she spent two years studying to become a librarian. She knew that she wanted to write but knew, too, how important it was to be able to support herself. She spent a year working for the British Council in South-East Asia. The Vietnam War was devastating the area. She gave up her job and went travelling instead.

After this she gave up any idea of working as a librarian and began earning my living from a variety of part-time jobs. Often she wrote at night. She got involved in a writers’ group, writing short stories, and worked on my first novel, A Piece of the Night, which came out in 1978. It’s always been important her to be financially independent, and she worked as a hospital cleaner, temp secretary, clerk, teacher, journalist, reviewer and critic.

Life as a writer was very hard at first. Still, a chosen poverty is easier to bear than the enforced sort. When Daughters of the House was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1992 and won the W.H.Smith Literary Award in 1993, Michele started making more money, and could finally give up the part-time jobs.

Michele lived in many different places, including Italy and North America, but at the age of forty-four I bought her first home: a small house in France. At the moment she lived in both France and England, moving back and forth between the two, and also spend some time at the University of East Anglia, where she’s currently Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing.

Recently she turned down an O.B.E. because she’s a republican, but she was honoured to be made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Michele a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and The Society of Authors. As well as writing, she serves as a judge for literary prizes, have presented radio arts programmes such as Night Waves, have chaired the British Council’s Literature Advisory Committee, and have travelled abroad extensively with other writers on tours organised by the British Council.

Food, Sex & God: on Inspiration and Writing, 1988, Virago Press
A Piece of the Night, 1978, Women’s Press
The Visitation, 1978, Women’s Press
The Wild Girl (Also known as The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene), 1984, Methuen
The Book of Mrs Noah, 1987, Methuen
In the Red Kitchen, 1990, Methuen
Psyche and the Hurricane, 1991, Methuen
Daughters of the House, 1992, Virago and Morrow (USA)
During Mother’s Absence, 1992, Virago
Flesh & Blood, 1994, Virago
Impossible Saints. Hopewell, 1998, Ecco Press
Fair Exchange, 1999, Little, Brown
The Looking Glass, 2000, Little, Brown
The Mistressclass, 2002, Little, Brown
Reader, I Married Him, 2006, Little, Brown
Ignorance, 2012, Bloomsbury Publishing [6]
Touch Papers: Three Women Poets (with Michelene Wandor and Judith Kazantzis), 1982, Allison and Busby
The Mirror of the Mother, 1986, Methuen
Psyche and the Hurricane , 1991, Methuen
All the Selves I Was, 1995, Virago
Short stories
Your Shoes, 1991
During Mother’s Absence, 1993, Virago
Playing Sardines, 2001, Virago
Mud: Stories of Sex and Love, 2010, Virago
Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond, 2007, Virago, ISBN 978-1844084074; paperback 2008, ISBN 978-1844084081



Linda Ibbotson is a poet, artist and photographer from the UK, currently residing in Co. Cork, Ireland. Her poetry has been published internationally including Levure Litteraire, Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Irish Examiner, California Quarterly, Live Encounters, Eastern World , (with her artwork) and Fifty Ways to Fly, also read on radio and performed in France by Irish musician and actor Davog Rynne. Forthcoming- poetry and artwork in Levure Litteraire XIII
Her painting Cascade featured as the cover of a cd and a selection of her paintings and photographs also published in Fekt and a painting in Immagine and Poesia. She writes a poetry and arts blog Contemplating the Muse.
Linda was invited to read at the Abroad Writers Conference in Lismore Castle and in Butlers Townhouse, Dublin.


August 7th


5:00 – 6:00


Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, Mitchard’s father was a plumber, from Newfoundland, Canada, and her mother a hardware store clerk, a competitive horsewoman, and a member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Cree tribe. She studied creative writing for three semesters under Mark Costello (author of The Murphy Stories) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She became a newspaper reporter in 1979, eventually achieving a position as lifestyle columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Her weekly column, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, appeared in 125 newspapers nationwide until she retired it in 2007. Mitchard is a contributing editor for More (magazine) and is featured regularly in Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Hallmark, Real Simple and other publications. Her nonfiction work includes the 1986 memoir ‘Mother Less Child’ (WW Norton) and essays in more than 30 anthologies.
Mitchard married Dan Allegretti, a reporter for The Capital Times, and the couple had three children (Robert, Daniel, and Martin). Dan also had a daughter, Jocelyn, from a previous marriage. After 13 years of marriage, Allegretti died of cancer at the age of 45 in 1993.
After the death of Allegretti, while working freelance for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a part-time public relations position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she started writing her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean.[5] The idea for the story had come to her in a dream in the summer of 1993.[6] She is an alum and distinguished fellow of the Ragdale Foundation, an artist’s colony in Lake Forest, Illinois, where she went to write the first two chapters on the encouragement of author Jane Hamilton.[5] After finishing the first six chapters, 70 pages, she received a contract with Viking Press in December 1994, for that book and a second one to be written later (The Most Wanted).
Bolstered by being featured by Oprah, the novel sold close to 3 million copies by May 1998. It has been Mitchard’s only #1 New York Times Bestseller, on the list for 29 weeks, including 13 weeks at number 1. The book had originally reached number 14, but after being selected by Winfrey, sales jumped. The paperback would spend 16 weeks on the list. The film rights were sold to Mandalay Entertainment, and the story later became a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
But all of her other novels have been bestsellers as well as garnering critical acclaim—particularly for The Most Wanted, Cage of Stars and The Breakdown Lane. The Most Wanted was nominated for Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction and Cage of Stars for Britain’s Spread The Word Prize.
In 2004 Mitchard published her first book for children and young adults. Her first children’s picture book, Baby Bat’s Lullaby, appeared in 2004 from HarperChildren’s. Her two middle-grade novels, also published by HarperChildren’s, Starring Prima!: The Mouse of the Ballet Jolie, and Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling appeared in 2004 and 2005. Her second children’s picture book, Ready, Set , School!, appeared in 2007.
Now You See Her, Mitchard’s first Young Adult novel, was published in 2007 by HarperTeen. All We Know of Heaven (HarperTeen) appeared in spring 2008, and the first in a series of Young Adult mysteries, The Midnight Twins (Razorbill/Penguin), based on the bewildering clairvoyant gift of twins Mallory and Meredith Brynn, debuted in summer 2008.

For adults
1985: Mother Less Child — (W.W. Norton & Co.)
1996: The Deep End of the Ocean — (Viking Press)
1998: The Most Wanted — (Viking Press)
2001: A Theory of Relativity — (HarperCollins)
2003: Christmas, Present — (HarperCollins)
2003: Twelve Times Blessed — (HarperCollins)
2005: The Breakdown Lane — (HarperCollins)
2006: Cage of Stars — (Warner Books; ISBN 978-0-446-57875-2)
2007: Still Summer — (Warner Books; ISBN 978-0-446-57876-9)
2009: No Time to Wave Goodbye — (Random House; ISBN 978-1-4000-6774-9)
2011: Second Nature: A Love Story – (Random House; ISBN 978-1-4000-6775-6)
2016: Two if by Sea : A Novel – (Simon & Schuster; ISBN 978-1-5011-1557-8)
For young adults
1992: Jane Addams: Pioneer in Social Reform and Activist for World Peace — (Gareth Stevens Children’s Books)
2007: Now You See Her — (HarperCollins)
2008: All We Know of Heaven — (HarperTeen)
2008: The Midnight Twins — (Razorbill)
2009: Look Both Ways — (Razorbill)
2010: Watch For Me By The Moonlight – (Razorbill)
2013: What We Saw at Night – (Soho Teen)
For children
2004: Baby Bat’s Lullaby — (with Julia Noonan; HarperCollins)
2004: Starring Prima!: The Mouse of the Ballet Jolie — (with Tricia Tusa; HarperCollins)
2005: Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling — (with John Bendall-Brunello; HarperCollins)
2007: Ready, Set, School! — (with Paul Rátz de Tagyos; HarperCollins)
Mitchard’s essays have appeared in:
1997: The Rest of Us: Dispatches From the Mother Ship — (Viking Press; ISBN 978-0-670-87662-4)
2005: A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents, edited by Pamela Kruger and Jill Smolowe (Riverhead)
2006: My Father Married Your Mother, edited by Anne Burt (W.W. Norton)
2007: Mr. Wrong: Real Life Stories About Men We Used to Love, edited by Harriet Brown (Ballantine)
2007: Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion, edited by Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont (McAdam Cage)
2007: Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, edited by Collen Curran (Vintage)



August 8th


5:00 – 6:00


CONNIE MAY FOWLER is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, screenwriter, and teacher. Her most recent book, A Million Fragile Bones, is a memoir that details her experience during the Gulf oil spill and explores the close ties between place, spirituality, family, and environmental devastation. It will be published by Twisted Road Publications in 2017.

Connie is the author of seven other books: six critically praised novels and one memoir. Her novels include How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, Sugar Cage, River of Hidden Dreams, The Problem with Murmur Lee, Remembering Blue—recipient of the Chautauqua South Literary Award—and Before Women had Wings—recipient of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Buck Award from the League of American Pen Women. Three of her novels have been Dublin International Literary Award nominees. Connie adapted Before Women had Wings for Oprah Winfrey. The result was an Emmy-winning film starring Ms. Winfrey and Ellen Barkin.

In 2002 she published When Katie Wakes, a memoir that explores her descent and escape from an abusive relationship.

Her work has been translated into 18 languages and is published worldwide. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, London Times, International Herald Tribune, Japan Times, Oxford American, BestLife, and elsewhere. For two years she wrote “Savoring Florida,” a culinary and culture column for FORUM, a publication of the Florida Humanities Council.

In 2007, Connie performed in New York City at The Player’s Club with actresses Kathleen Chalfont, Penny Fuller, and others in an adaptation based on The Other Woman, an anthology that contains her essay “The Uterine Blues.” In 2003, Connie performed in The Vagina Monologues alongside Jane Fonda and Rosie Perez in a production that raised over $100,000 for charity.

Domestic violence shelters and family violence organizations have honored her with numerous awards. Throughout the 1990s she directed the Connie May Fowler Women with Wings Foundation, an organization that was dedicated to aiding women and children in need. In 2009, she received the first annual Peace, Love, and Understanding Award from WMNF Community Radio.

She teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency creative writing MFA program and directs the College’s VCFA Novel Retreat held each May in Montpelier, Vermont. Connie, along with her husband Bill Hinson, is founder and director of the newly minted Yucatan Writing Conference. For ten years, she directed various writing conferences in Florida, including the prestigious St. Augustine Writers Conference, which she recently closed in order to concentrate her efforts in the Yucatan. She and Bill reside in Cozumel, Florida, and Vermont with their two dogs, Ulysses and Pablo Neruda, and Catalina The Cat.

“We think our palette is words and paper, but it’s not. It’s the sensations and memories that reside in the dark vaults of our hearts.”~~Connie May Fowler

Novels and memoirs
A Million Fragile Bones, 2017;
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, 2010;
The Problem with Murmur Lee, 2005;
When Katie Wakes, 2002;
Remembering Blue, 2000;
Before Women had Wings, 1996;
River of Hidden Dreams, 1994;
Sugar Cage, 1992
Two Thing Thing Poets: Steve Sleboda and Connie May, UT Review, Vol. 5, 1977.
“A Soliloquy of a Seven Year Old,” “Crowded Closets,” Ann Arbor Review, Vol. 27, Washtenaw Community College, 1977.
“You Have Created Me,” Goethe’s Notes: A Literary Magazine, Vol. 6, 1978.
“A Purity of Crabs,” “America: The Invitation and Rejection,” “A Celebration of Nothingness,” Outside the Museum: Contemporary Writings — An Anthology, Ann Arbor Review, Vol. 28, Washtenaw Community College, 1978.
“Genetic Lace,” “The Fear,” Open Twenty-four Hours: Collective Consciousness, Vol. 3, 1984.
“Kateland,” “Ybor City Number One,” The Midwest Quarterly, A Journal of Contemporary Thought, Vol. XXIX, Pittsburg State University, 1988.
“Homesick,” Roberts Writing Awards 1988, The H.G. Roberts Foundation, 1988.


August 9th


5:00 – 6:00


Deborah Henry is the author of the critically acclaimed debut, The Whipping Club, which appeared on Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 list, was praised by Publishers Weekly and selected for Oprah’s Summer Reading List.. She holds an MFA from Fairfield University. Her first short story was published in the Copperfield Review, was a historical fiction finalist for Solander Magazine, and was long listed in the Fish Short Story Prize. She has been an expert guest on radio programs as well as on NBC, FOX and CBS television in top markets nationally. An active member of The Academy of American Poets, a patron of the Irish Arts Center in New York, she recently founded the Deborah Henry Scholarship Fund for the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin. She has traveled extensively in Ireland, and divides her time between New York and New England. She is currently working on a book to film project as well as completing her second novel.



Elle Morgan, is an adjunct faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University. She teaches Civic Engagement and Public Speaking. She is also a certified IMMC Yoga instructor.

Elle is the creator and director of The Elements of New Life Scripts, a one of a kind personal development program which focuses on stress reduction through mindfulness, work/home balance, and life purpose as a guiding principle. Using theatre as the medium, people can change their paradigms by changing their life scripts and acting out the stories we tell ourselves and others.

With a background in theatre and public speaking, Elle is unique in the field, bringing a special expressiveness to the arena of self-help. Through her groundbreaking Yoga of Public Speaking video series, she synthesizes ancient wisdom with current theories in neuroscience and positive psychology to provide a program that meets everyone’s need for comfort and joy.

New Life Scripts was developed at Diakon Wilderness Center where Elle served as a counselor for adjudicated youth. She currently provides rehabilitative re-entry programs to prisons. While in Ireland, she will be giving a workshop at Wheatfield Prison, Dublin for 11 incarcerated men.

Her book, The Elements of New Life Scripts–a Retreat Guide is available on Amazon.Information on Destination retreats, retreat-in-a-box, and “You the Movie self discovery party game are all on her website,


August 10th


5:00 – 6:00


Born in County Wicklow in 1968, she is the youngest of a large Roman Catholic family. She travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana when she was seventeen and studied English and Political Science at Loyola University. She returned to Ireland in 1992 and later lived for a year in Cardiff, Wales, where she undertook an MA in creative writing and taught undergraduates at the University of Wales.
Her first collection of short stories was Antarctica (1999). Her second collection of stories, Walk the Blue Fields, was published in 2007. September 2010 brought the publication of the ‘long, short story’ “Foster”. American writer Richard Ford, who selected “Foster” as winner of the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award 2009, wrote in the winning citation of Keegan’s “thrilling” instinct for the right words and her “patient attention to life’s vast consequence and finality”.

Keegan has won the inaugural William Trevor Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Olive Cook Award and the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award 2009. Other awards include The Hugh Leonard Bursary, The Macaulay Fellowship, The Martin Healy Prize, The Kilkenny Prize and The Tom Gallon Award. Twice was Keegan the recipient of the Francis MacManus Award. She was also a Wingate Scholar. She was a visiting professor at Villanova University in 2008. She is a member of Aosdána.

1999 – Antarctica
2007 – Walk the Blue Fields
2010 – “Foster”

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