Writers on Writing for Readers
Join writer Nuala O’Connor as she brings Victorian London to Shorelines with her recent publication Becoming Belle. In conversation with Portumna based writer, Margaret Hickey, the art of writing, the source of inspiration and researching for writers will be explored.
Nuala O’Connor lives in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in 2017; her story Gooseen, about Nora Barnacle, recently won the UK’s Short Fiction Prize and was published in Granta. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in September 2018.
Margaret Hickey was formerly an editor at Departures, an international travel magazine, and Country Living magazine in the UK. Margaret also had a freelance career writing on food, drink and travel for most of the national British press, including The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Times.
After she moved to Ireland, her book Irish Days, a collection of oral histories, was published in both Ireland and the UK. Her new book, Ireland's Green Larder, a history of Ireland seen through the prism of food and drink, was published by Unbound in the spring of 2018.
She has been a guest speaker at the Ennis Book Festival, the University of London and NUI Limerick. She is currently Vice Chairperson of Portumna Arts Group, which runs Shorelines Arts Festival, and for many years she has been a judge at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival.