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Aspects Irish Literature Festival

20th September - 6th October


Olivia Manning

Friday 4 October

The Writing of Olivia Manning

Clandeboye Courtyard

The novelist Olivia Manning (1908-1980) was born in Portsmouth but had Irish roots and connections to the Morrow family who owned The Olde House at Home on High Street, Bangor. Her Balkan trilogy was published in the 1960s followed by her Levant trilogy in the late 1970s. The final book of that trilogy, The Sum of Things was published posthumously the year she died. The two trilogies, known as Fortunes of War, were described by the Sunday Times as ‘the finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer.’  

Join us for a conversation between Eve Patten and Linda McAuley about this remarkable writer. 

Olivia ManningLinda McAuley is an award-winning broadcaster. She is best known as the presenter of BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘On Your Behalf’. In 2017 she was inducted into the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Radio Awards Hall of Fame and was awarded an MBE for services to consumers in Northern Ireland in the New Year Honours 2018. 

Eve Patten is Professor of English in Trinity College Dublin. She has published widely in nineteenth and twentieth century Irish and British literature: her books include Samuel Ferguson and the Culture of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (2004), Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning’s Fictions of War (2012) and (coedited with Aidan O’Malley) Ireland: West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe (2013).