Hilary Mantel to read at UCC

Hilary Mantel will be reading from The Mirror and the Light – Photograph: Irish Times

Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel is coming to UCC.  Mantel’s reading will take place on Tuesday, May 19, in the Aula Maxima. The reading comes shortly after the publication in March of the  much anticipated third volume in her Cromwell trilogy – The Mirror and the Light.

The reading has been made possible by the generous donation of a UCC alumna, whose love of reading prompted her endowment. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will also sponsor a number of other high-profile readings on campus next semester, including espionage maestro John Le Carré, whose 25th novel Agent Running in the Field, appeared last year. (Date to be confirmed.)   

Scotland’s “laureate-in-waiting” Ali Smith (winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Bailey’s and Goldsmiths Prizes) will read on September 22, following the August publication of Summer, the final novel in her acclaimed seasonal quartet series.

Finally on October 20, the 2004 Booker Prize winner (for The Line of Beauty) British novelist, journalist and translator, Alan Hollinghurst will round off the year’s readings.

All of our reading events are free and open to the public, although some of these events may be ticketed.