Sunday 24 September, 3pm
Introduced by Malachi O’Doherty
North Down Museum
Join us for what promises to be a lively and engaging conversation between two of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished authors.
David Park is a prize winning novelist and short story writer, from The Healing Club (1992) to Stone Kingdoms (1996) to The Big Snow (2002). And of course with The Truth Commissioner (2008) of which The New York Times commented: ‘We’re reminded that with writers like David Parks, the novel can itself be a kind of truth commission.’ The Light of Amsterdam was published in 2012 and Gods and Angels (2017) is his most recent short story collection. ‘I cannot bear a book where the writer’s ego is on the page,’ Park has said ‘I believe a book, is essentially moral. And the ego disfigures the writing. I can’t have the author’s cleverness or humour. I want the essence. I want it to be pure.’
Bernie McGill is novelist from Northern Ireland. In 2008 she won the Zoetrope: All- Story Short Fiction Award in the US, and her first novel The Butterfly Cabinet was published in 2011. She has also written for the theatre with The Weather Watchers and The Haunting of Helena Blunden. A contributor to The Long Gaze Back (New Island, 2015), her new novel is The Watch House, published by Tinder Press. Set on Rathlin Island at the turn of the nineteenth century, it is the story of Nuala Byrne, a woman caught between the apparent security of a traditional island life and the promise of other worlds glimpsed through the new technology of the wireless and a Marconi engineer who come to work on the north coast.