Ireland’s Emerging Writers

DBF-2019-EventImages-600x900.inddWith Adrian Duncan, Nicole Flattery, Ian Maleney, Lucy Sweeney Byrne 

In conversation with Madeleine Keane 

Sunday 17 November

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre

€7/€5 concession, Booking advised


Join lecturer and award-winning journalist Madeleine Keane in a discussion with four of Ireland’s most exciting emerging writers. Nicole Flattery, recipient of an Art’s Council Next Generation Artists’ Award, showcases her first collection: the unforgettable and darkly hilarious Show Them a Good Time (The Stinging Fly Press). Ian Maleney discusses his first book Minor Monuments (Tramp Press), a collection of beautifully written essays centred around home, memory and belonging in rural Offaly. Paris Syndrome (Banshee Press) is Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s debut collection, a compelling read, presenting enticing narratives of travel, only to jolt the reader awake with the harsh realities of escapism. An Irish visual artist based in Berlin, Adrian Duncan originally trained as a structural engineer, and now focuses on film-based installations. His first novel, Love Notes From a German Building Site (The Lilliput Press), is a meditation on the architecture not only of structures, but language, philosophy and desire.




Adrian Duncan is an Irish visual artist who originally trained as a structural engineer. His short-form fiction has appeared in The Stinging FlyGorseThe MothThe Dublin Review and Meridian (US), amongst others. His feature film, ‘Floating Structures’ on Irish engineer Peter Rice, co-directed with Feargal Ward, premiered at this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. He also recently co-directed a music video with Feargal for Joy Division’s Day of the Lords as part of their Unknown Pleasures Reimagined project. Adrian currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where he continues to write.

Nicole Flattery’s stories have been published in The Irish TimesThe Dublin ReviewThe White ReviewWinter PapersThe Letters Page and The Stinging Fly. She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artists’ Award from the Arts Council and The White Review Short Story Prize. Originally from Mullingar, Nicole now lives in Galway. Show Them A Good Time, her first collection of stories, was published by The Stinging Fly Press (Ireland) and Bloomsbury (UK) earlier this year.

Ian Maleney is a writer based in Dublin. Born and raised in Co. Offaly, he works as a freelance arts journalist, primarily for the Irish Times, and as the online editor at the Stinging Fly. His essays have been published by Winter Papersgorse, and the Dublin Review. He is the founder of Fallow Media, an interdisciplinary publication for music, photography, and long-form writing on the internet. Minor Monuments is his debut.

Lucy Sweeney Byrne‘s essays and stories have appeared in BansheeThe Dublin ReviewThe Stinging FlyLitroGrist and elsewhere. Her work was chosen for inclusion in the twenty-year anthology, Stinging Fly Stories. She was a semi-finalist for the Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Her first collection, Paris Syndrome, was published with Banshee Press in September 2019. She has twice been awarded a literature bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.

Madeleine Keane is an editor, lecturer and award-winning travel journalist. She was educated at UCD and Trinity. She worked in the editorial departments of Irish Tatler, Image Magazine and the publishing house Chatto & Windus. She joined the Sunday Independent in 1988 and has been its Literary Editor for the last 18 years. She co-founded the Irish Book Awards and curated two writers’ festivals.

She also presented a books programme for RTE TV (‘First Edition’) and has written a non-fiction careers guide for teenagers (What Will I Be? Mercier Press 1995). She was a member of the steering committee for the successful Dublin City of Literature Unesco bid. She regularly writes about books, theatre and travel. She has broadcast on tv and radio about books and publishing and presents at literary festivals and events. She lectures on writing at UCD and the Irish Writers’ Centre.