Great European literature: Donal Ryan

Join us for our next *EURO STARS* event this coming Monday with 3 star novelists and European Union Prize for Literature winners: Carolina Schutti from Austria, Ida Hegazi Høyer from Norway and Donal Ryan from Ireland.

Monday 21st September 2015, 18:30 – 20:30

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA

Free but booking essential here.



Donal Ryan is from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. He lives in Limerick with his wife Anne Marie and their two young children. He holds the 2015 Arts Council Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Limerick, where, with Joseph O’Connor and Giles Foden, he teaches Creative Writing.

Donal’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was a number one bestseller in Ireland and a Boston Globe bestseller in the US. Donal won Best Newcomer and overall Book of the Year at the 2012 Irish Book Awards, the 2013 Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature. The Spinning Heart was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was a finalist for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Donal’s second novel, The Thing About December, was also a number one bestseller. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the 2013, Irish Book Awards and the 2014 Kerry Group Novel of the Year, and was nominated for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Donal’s work has been translated into several languages and is on the Irish Leaving Certificate prescribed syllabus. His first short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, will be released worldwide in September 2015.

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