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Celebrating Ireland’s Booker Winners

A series of talks at the NLI hosting Booker Prize winning writers

Monday, 8 April 2024
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The National Library of Ireland will celebrate some of the country’s greatest living writers with a series of readings and conversations featuring four of Ireland’s Booker Prize winners.

About the series

Celebrating Ireland's Booker Winners will commence on 23rd April, with current Booker Prize winner, Paul Lynch in conversation with fellow novelist Belinda McKeon. The event will open with Mr Lynch reading from his 2023 international bestselling novel Prophet Song; followed by in an in-depth discussion of this book amid his wider career, ending with engagement from audience participants on Prophet Song. The series will continue over May and June, with Booker Prize winners John Banville, Anne Enright, and Roddy Doyle.


How to attend

Tickets for the events are free, but places are limited, so interested parties are encouraged to book early.

The full Celebrating Ireland’s Booker Winners series comprises:

1) 2023 Booker winner Paul Lynch, author of Prophet Song, in conversation with Belinda McKeon

Tuesday, April 23rd at 6.30pm

Reading Room, National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare St, Dublin 2, D02 P638

2) 2005 Booker winner John Banville, author of The Sea, in conversation with Claire Kilroy

Tuesday, May 7th at 6.30pm

Booked out, waitlist only

3) 2007 Booker winner Anne Enright, author of The Gathering, in conversation with Nuala O’Connor

Tuesday, May 14th at 6.30pm

Booked out, waitlist only

4) 1993 Booker winner Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, in conversation with Rob Doyle

Tuesday, June 11th at 6.30pm

Tickets to be released soon – keep an eye on our social media and website for updates.


The series is curated by literary programmer Alan Hayes.