Donal Ryan pléann
The Queen of Dirt Island

Ionad:  Dingle Skellig Hotel
Dáta:  Dé hAoine 18 Samhain  2022
Am: 19.00 – 20.00 IST/GMT
Costas: €15


Donal Ryan Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Donal Ryan discusses
The Queen of Dirt Island

Venue: Dingle Skellig Hotel
Date: Friday 18 November 2022
Time: 19.00 – 20.00 IST/GMT
Tickets: €15


DONAL RYAN is an award-winning author from Nenagh, County Tipperary, whose work has been published in over twenty languages to major critical 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; 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, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018, and won the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature. Strange Flowers, was voted Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was a number one bestseller. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

The Queen of Dirt Ireland Donal Ryan Dingle Literary Festival 202

The story of the Aylward women is not the story Donal Ryan planned to share for his sixth novel, and yet after completing his first draft theirs was the story that kept whispering to him. And so, despite being past his deadline, he pushed aside the book he’d finished and started again. The Queen of Dirt Island is the result, which focuses on a family of Irish women and examines what happens when family pressures come against societal pressures – especially for women. 

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