Cristin Leach Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Negative Space
Cristin Leach
interviewed by Niall McDowell

Venue: An Diseart – Chapel
Date: Sunday 20 November 2022
Time: 12.00 – 13.00 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door


Negative Space
Cristín Leach faoi agallamh ag Niall McDowell

Ionad:  An Diseart – Chapel
Dáta:  Dé Domhnaigh 20 Samhain 2022
Am: 12.00 – 13.00 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras


Cristín Leach is The Sunday Times Ireland’s longest serving art critic. She has written about art for the paper since 2003. She is a writer and broadcaster, whose short fiction and personal essays have been published in Winter Papers and on RTE Radio 1 (Keywords 2020). Her art writing has also appeared in Irish Arts Review, on, in artist catalogues, and other publications. In 2018, she was shortlisted for Critic of the Year in the Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards. In 2021, she was Writer in Residence for the Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival and was elected President of the Irish branch of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art).

Negative Space Cristin leach Dingle Literary festival 2022

This searingly intimate literary debut from top Irish art critic Cristín Leach weaves words and art with an unravelling of self that comes when a marriage breaks. In a multi-layered and incisive narrative, Leach writes about the gaps between reality and perception, about writing and anxiety, body and brain, breaking and making, succeeding and failing, conventionality and independence.

Negative Space is a memoir about writing and of art as a salve and a means of escape, marriage as a refuge and a trap, the nature of home, and what happens when everything falls apart.

Copies of Negative Space will be on sale by the Dingle Bookshop at the event. The author has agreed to sign copies at the end of the talk. 

Niall McDowell Dingle Literary festival

Niall McDowell is a partner at a large Irish law firm who is bringing his legal and organisational skills to the Dingle Lit team. Niall holds a BA in Philosophy & Politics and in his free time writes and is an avid reader.