In the Irish language, the phrase Bualadh Bos is used to express applause. On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Irish Writers Centre, Poetry Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland are delighted to present some of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers in historic Boston, the capital of Irish America, in conversation with local champions of the Boston arts world for novel insights into Irish literature today.
American author Molly McCloskey spent 25 years of her adult life in Ireland, before returning to the United States in 2014. Her most recent novel, Straying explores themes of home. Here she introduces two of Ireland’s leading new fiction authors: Mary Costello and Sally Rooney.
Galway-born Mary Costello’s most recent novel, Academy Street, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize and the EU Prize for Literature. It won the Irish Novel of the Year Award and the overall Irish Book of the Year in 2014.
Sally Rooney is the author of Conversations with Friends and the editor of The Stinging Fly magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The White Review, and elsewhere. In 2017 she was awarded The Sunday Times Young Writer Award. She was born in Mayo, and lives in Dublin.