Booker-prize winning novelist John Banville will read at UCC in the first of the 2018/19 School of English reading series. Banville is the author of more than 20 novels, both under his own name and his crime-writing pseudonym Benjamin Black. He is also a memoirist and screenwriter and has adapted several of Heinrich Von Kleist’s plays for the stage. He won the Booker Prize with his 2005 novel, The Sea. His most recent novel Mrs Osmond is a speculative continuation of the Henry James novel, Portrait of a Lady.
Banville has won numerous international awards including the Franz Kafka Prize, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. He was presented with the 2013 Irish PEN Award for outstanding contribution to literature and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature last year.
The reading takes place on Tuesday, October 9, WW6 @ 7pm. Admission is free and no booking is necessary.
Other writers in the upcoming series include Kerry Group Irish Book of the Year winner, Paul Lynch and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, Carys Davies, on Tuesday, November 20, Creative Zone, Boole Library.
Novelist Donal Ryan with poet Colette Bryce, winner of the 2018 Pigott Prize, will read together on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Creative Zone, Boole Library.