VENUE Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre
TIME 2.00pm – 3.00pm
TICKET COST €7/€5 Concession
In 1979 two young Finglas writers came together to launch Raven Arts Press, a publishing house that – while publishing a generation of writers who rose to national and international prominence – always remained informed by their shared roots. Although the location of their work has ranged across Europe and European history, their Northside childhoods have remained central to their vision of Irish and European society. Born in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best-known writers, whose thirteen novels include The Journey Home (Flamingo) and most recently The Lonely Sea and Sky (New Island Books). His selected poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious (New Island Books), appeared in 2015. Born in Dublin in 1958, Michael O’Loughlin has been one of the most arresting voices in Irish poetry since his debut, Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Raven Press), in 1980. His most recent book, Poems 1980-2015 (New Island Books), reveals the full extent of a unique, provocative and superbly crafted oeuvre. In this intimate conversation they will read their work, remember the turbulent Dublin that shaped the emergence of Raven Arts Press and discuss their experiences as writers in careers that have spanned more than three decades.