See the full list of Society of Authors’ 2019 nominations here.
For aspiring writers and book lovers alike, May 19th is a day of talks at the British Library on the art of the novel. A. L. Kennedy will host, with guests including Kate Clanchy, Owen Sheers, Louise Doughty, Chloe Aridjis, Francesca Beard, Joe Dunthorne and many others, including shortlisted writers of this year’s Rathbones Folio Prize.
Click here for the shortlist.
Applications are open for The Word Factory's 2019-2020 Apprenticeship scheme. I'll be joining Lisa Blower, Chris Power and Leone Ross to mentor four emerging short story writers. How you apply depends on where you live, so check the Word Factory website here for details. Deadline February 7th.
Cynan Jones and I will be teaching this week-long course together in Devon Nov 25th-30th with Tessa Hadley as our visiting writer. You can book here.
I'll be in conversation with Danny Denton in Cork on September 12th, with Andrew Holgate in Cheltenham on October 13th, Katy Shaw and Sarah Moss in Manchester on October 14th, Jan Carson in Belfast on October 17th. Details here:
I'm delighted to be appearing at this in Zagreb on May 28th and 29th and in Rijeka on May 30 and 31st. Full programme here.
It's been a great pleasure being one of the judges of the New York Public Library's 2018 Young Lions Fiction Award, which champions emerging writers. The winner will be announced on June 7th and chosen from among this year's finalists, who have just been announced.
Some of my favourite visions of unfathomable territory, published here.
The wonderful Woodstock Bookshop is 10 years old and I'm delighted to be part of the celebrations on the evening of Friday May 11th. Social historian Julie Summers will be talking about her new book Uninvited Guests and I'll be talking about West.
As the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner is announced, the paper's Culture editors have picked their favourite tales - delighted to see them include The Quiet, from my collectionThe Redemption of Galen Pike
See the full list here.
I'm delighted to have a story in this new anthology celebrating the Fly's first twenty years. Edited by Declan Meade and Sarah Gilmartin, it collects 40 short stories first published in the magazine and includes fiction by Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Claire-Louise Bennett, Claire Keegan, Molly McCloskey and Lisa McInerney. More details here.
Thrilled that the Toronto Star has included West on their list of 20 forthcoming books to look out for. Take a look at the full list here.
It's a great pleasure to be joining Sarah Churchwell, Blake Morrison, Kit de Waal and Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate on the judging panel for this year's award. The longlist will be announced in June, the shortlist in July and the winner in September.
The Redemption of Galen Pike is on the Toronto Star's list of the top 10 books of last year. See the full list here.
The Globe and Mail's editors and reviewers have compiled a list of their favourite hundred books of 2017 here.
The Redemption of Galen Pike is a Women's National Book Association choice in the U.S. for its Great Group Reads 2017. Details and advice for reading groups here:
I'll be joining Tim Winton and Paul Howarth to talk about our new novels, West, The Shepherd's Hut and Only Killers and Thieves. Tickets here.
It's been a great pleasure to be one of the judges for this and to be able to announce an outstanding shortlist:
The Coast of Leitrim – Kevin Barry
What Can You Do With A General – Emma Cline
Comme – Paul Dalla Rosa
All the Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything to Everyone – Joe Dunthorne
In Silhouette – Louise Kennedy
A Partial List of the Saved – Danielle McLaughlin
You can read my essay on how the settlement of the American West can help us understand the nativism of Donald Trump here.
I will be in conversation with Professor Ruth Robbins of Leeds Beckett University as part of the university's (Re)Writing Yorkshire series.
Readings are taking place throughout the world following a call from the International Literature Festival in Berlin to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian-born poet, Ashraf Fayadh, who is under sentence of death in Saudi Arabia, accused of apostasy and the promotion of atheism.
Salt Publishing has joined forces with the excellent Galley Beggar Press to make a book about refugees: 11 stories by 11 authors. It costs £5. All proceeds will be directed to aid organisations on Kos.
I'm looking forward to appearing with Crista Ermiya and Stuart Evers on Saturday October 17th at Durham's Palace Green Library at 1pm. We'll all be reading from our new collections and discussing short stories with Claire Malcolm. For tickets visit here
Sarah Jessica Parker gave an interview on Girlboss Radio recently, and gave us a rundown of five books she's been enjoying. So pleased to see West and The Redemption of Galen Pike on there.
I will be in conversation about my novel West with Salvatore Scibona, the novelist and director of the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, on Thursday May 3rd, 7-8 pm. Reservations here.
On Saturday April 28th at 7pm I'll be at the wonderful R.J. Julia bookstore in Madison, Connecticut, to talk about West - details here.
The Fly’s new editor, Sally Rooney, talks here with Sarah Gilmartin about the magazine’s 20th anniversary anthology, just out. With readings of excerpts from five of the stories, including The Quiet, beautifully read by Nora Pyne.