Dublin journalist Mark O’Connell’s latest book, Notes from an Apocalypse, meets the real-life Doomsday preppers and asks, is this the end of days? 

Iriseoir as Baile Átha Cliath is ea Mark O’Connell. Ina leabhar is déanaí, Notes from an Apocalypse, buaileann sé le daoine atá ag ullmhú do Lá an Bhreithiúnais agus cuireann an cheist an bhfuil deireadh an tsaoil ag druidim linn i ndáiríre?

Date/Dáta: Sunday 22 November
Time/Am: 12.00pm to 12.40pm IST/GMT

Dublin journalist Mark O’Connell’s Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back, sets out to meet the Doomsday prepares—men and women the world over who are busying themselves preparing for what they believe to be the certain and imminent end of civilisation as we know it. They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll.

Sally Rooney described the book as “Extraordinarily good-insightful, affecting, funny, and appropriately terrifying. The perfect handbook for the end times. Mark O’Connell is a truly brilliant writer and Notes from an Apocalypse could hardly be more incisive, or more timely.” 

Mark will be in conversation with Sarah Moss, the acclaimed author of Summerwater, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UCD’s School of English, Drama and Film.  
As part of the festival’s response to Covid-19 guidance, this interview will be pre-recorded and then broadcast ONLINE on Sunday 22 November Time: 12.00pm to 12.40pm IST/GMT