Writing Ireland - Brexit

Join three contemporary Irish writers for an evening of readings and conversation, covering secrets and crime, borderlands, Brexit, and the Irish landscape – and the role that Irish writers can play in representing a rapidly changing society.

Andrea Carter grew up in Laois. She studied law at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitors’ practice in the country. In 2006 she returned to Dublin to work as a barrister before turning to write crime novels.

Andrea is the author of the Inishowen Mysteries, most recently The Well of Ice and Murder at Greysbridge. Her books are published by Little, Brown in the UK, Goldmann Verlag in Germany, Oceanview in the US and will be adapted for television next summer.

The Sunday Times has said ‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing room society of a Christie mystery.’


Neil Hegarty grew up in Derry. His non-fiction books include The Secret History of our Streets, which tells the story of twentieth-century London; Frost: That Was The Life That Was, the authorised biography of David Frost; and the bestselling Story of Ireland, which charts Ireland’s long and compelling history, and which accompanies the BBC series of the same title.

Neil’s debut novel, Inch Levels, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award: in their citation, the judges wrote that ‘The tensions of blood relations, the wonders of our parents’ lives before us and the ever-widening depths of bereavement are all explored here with a hypnotic vividness. From natural details to perfectly rendered thought and feeling, this is a triumphant book.’

Neil’s second novel, Distemper, will be published next year.


Anthony J Quinn was born in County Tyrone and lives there with his wife and four children. His debut novel, Disappeared, set in the aftermath of the Troubles, was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Books of the Year, and by the Daily Mail as its Crime Novel of the Year. On its US publication, it was shortlisted for the Strand Literary Award, and picked by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten thrillers of the year. His seventh novel, Undertow, was published to critical acclaim this year, with the Irish Times describing it as 'a powerful tale stained by the darkest of noir.'

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