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Reading with author Eilish Ní Dhuibhne (Castlebar Library)

Date(s): Thurs 11th June, 2009 7.30pm - 9.00pm

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Mayo County Council Arts Office are delighted to announce Éilís Ní Dhuibhne as Force 12 2009 Writer in Residence.  As part of her residency, Eilish will give a reading and discuss many aspects of both her short story collections and novels in Castlebar Library.

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne has written novels, collections of short stories, plays, children’s books, and non fiction. She is also a literary critic, whose reviews appear regularly in The Irish Times.Born in Dublin, she was educated at Scoil Bhride, Ranelagh, Scoil Chaitriona, Eccles Street, and University College Dublin, where she studied English, Medieval Studies, and Folklore. She also spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen while working on her doctoral thesis. In 1982 she was awarded a PhD by the National University of Ireland.She has worked as a folklore collector and researcher, and as a librarian and archivist at the National Library of Ireland. She has taught Creative Writing at various institutions and venues: Listowel Writers’ Week, the Irish Writers’ Centre, and the Pushkin Prizes Trust. She has taught on the M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College, and at present teaches on the prestigious MA in Creative Writing at UCD (University College Dublin). Her work has won many important literary awards, among others the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, three Bisto awards for her children’s books, the American Association of Irish Studies Award for Prose in English, and several Oireachtas awards for novels in Irish. Her novel The Dancers Dancing was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and her short story collection, The Pale Gold of Alaska, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Her work has been translated to German, French, Spanish, Italian, Scots Gaelic, Czech, Slovenian, Russian and Japanese. 

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