Deirdre Madden & Rebecca Miller, Sunday 4 pm

On Sunday I’ll be chairing a reading by these two fine novelists in Smock Alley Theatre as part of the Dublin Writer’s Festival. Time Present and Time Past is Deirdre Madden’s eighth novel and it recounts how a middle-class Dublin family gets blown down the lost avenues of their past, cued by an autochrome photograph. It’s a delicately written, lucid and compelling exploration of the feints and counter-feints of consciousness. Rebecca Miller’s second novel Jacob’s Folly is narrated by a demon, reincarnated as a housefly who has tumbled out of 18th Century Paris into 21st Century Long Island. It’s a great big read, full of history and ideas and pleasure. Chalk and cheese and both recommended.

Reading Thurs 23/5/13 moved to Ballyroan Library

I’ll be reading from The Crocodile by the Door this Thursday at 2 pm in Ballyroan Library.  This reading was to have been held in Whitechurch but as roofing works there are well underway, the venue has switched to the shiny, bright, new library building behind gourmet row at Ballyroan. Free admission but the library say pre-booking is advised.  Books will be on sale and there will be a signing afterwards.

Booking details

Reading, 15/5/2013, Rathgar Bookshop

I still remember my father taking me to Dundrum Bookshop on the Main Street to cash in the book vouchers I’d won for a school prize.  I bought a collected Sylvia Plath, a collected T. S. Eliot, and two volumes of Mary Lavin’s short stories. Had I been left to my own devices, I think I might have blown the vouchers on the more ephemeral texts designed to attract the attention of a 16 year old girl.  But I still have, and read, the books he recommended I buy. 

I’m not sure if it was Liz Meldon who cashed up the vouchers on this occasion or whether her involvement in Dundrum Bookshop was a few years then in the future.  But I’d like to think it was her, for I could feel then that next Wednesday I will come full circle when I read from The Crocodile at her current premises, the Rathgar Bookshop, where she also sells plants grown at Tibradden by Oliver and Liat Schurmann. So if you fancy a glass of wine and some entertainment, and a few perennials for your garden, come along for 7.30 pm start.