Kit de Waal Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Without Warning & Only Sometimes
Kit de Waal interviewed by Justine Carbery

Venue: An Díseart – Chapel
Date: Sunday 20 November 2022
Time: 15.00 – 16.00 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door


Without Warning & Only Sometimes 
Kit de Waal faoi agallamh ag Justine Carbery

Ionad:  An Díseart – Chapel
Dáta: Dé Domhnaigh 20 Samhain 2022
Am: 15.00 – 16.00 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras


Kit De Waal grew up in 1960s Birmingham to an Irish mother and a Caribbean father who had polar opposite views on just about everything. What followed was a chaotic and entertaining childhood as she and her siblings struggled to straddle three worlds. Following the success of My Name Is Leon and The Trick To Me, Without Warning and Only Sometimes is the first time De Waal has turned her laser focus on herself. The memoir examines how De Waal’s formative years shaped her into the person she is today and how her overlapping identities and sense of cultural dislocation continue to inform her work why she’s so passionate about amplifying working class voices.

To date, De Waal has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She also edits the Common People anthology and is co-founder of the Big Book Weekend festival.

Without Warning and Only Sometimes Kit de Waal Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Caught between three worlds, Irish, Caribbean and British in 1960s Birmingham, Kit and her brothers and sisters knew all the words to the best songs, caught sticklebacks in jam jars and braved hunger and hellfire until they could all escape.
Without Warning & Only Sometimes is a story of an extraordinary childhood and how a girl who grew up in house where the Bible was the only book on offer went on to discover a love of reading that inspires her to this day.

Copies of Without Warning & Only SOmetimes will be on sale by the Dingle Bookshop at the event. The author has agreed to sign copies at the end of the talk. 

A photograph of Justine Carbery

Justine Carbery is a writer, creative writing teacher and journalist. She lectures in Creative Writing in UCD and the Irish Writers Centre, and writes book reviews and features for The Sunday Independent and The Irish Times.