Yours Sincerely, Donal Ryan

  • 31st May
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Online
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

          Yours Sincerely, Donal Ryan

Droichead Arts Centre/Riverbank/Source Arts Centre, together with the LIVE Network are delighted to announce an exciting new letter writing project with acclaimed writer Donal Ryan, author of The Thing About December, The Spinning Heart, and Strange Flowers. Donal will write a series of letters to members of the public in Louth/Kildare/Tipperary in April, as we reach out and connect with the community, and in particular older people. Each week, project participants will receive a letter from the writer which they are encouraged (but not obliged) to respond to by return post. At the end of the project, those who participated will be invited to meet Donal, joining him online for a virtual cup of tea. Droichead are delighted to have connected with and invited older members of our audience, to participate in this community literature project!

Donal Ryan is a native of Nenagh, County Tipperary. His first three novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December and All We Shall Know, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2020; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted 'Irish Book of the Decade'. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018.

WINNER of the An Post Irish Novel of the Year 2020
'Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving'
 - David Nicholls
'A triumph ... the best novel I've read so far this year' - Joseph O'Connor

The LIVE Network is a literary network in Ireland that supports writers, publishers and literary producers to share work. The venture has emerged from the Literary Audience Development Scheme run in association with Words Ireland that has been operational in the venues since August 2018. Currently the LIVE Network comprises six partners: The Backstage Theatre (Longford) The Roscommon Arts Centre (Roscommon), The Ramor Theatre (Cavan), The Source Arts Centre (Tipperary),  Droichead Arts Centre (Louth) and The Riverbank Arts Centre (Kildare). Each venue runs a literary programme in consultation with Literary Audience Development Officer Dani Gill. Literary offerings from the Network include One Book projects, author events, Poetry Day celebrations and creative writing workshops.