We Were Young
Ionad: An Díseart – Nano Nagle Room
Dáta: Dé Sathairn 19 Samhain 2022
Am: 13.30 – 14.30 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras
We Were Young
Venue: An Díseart – Nano Nagle Room
Date: Saturday 19 November 2022
Time: 13.30 – 14.30 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door
Niamh Campbell won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2020. Her first novel This Happy won the Rooney Prize for Irish Writing in 2021, and was nominated for the John McGahern Book Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Kate O’Brien Award, and the An Post Irish Book of the Year Awards. She lecturers in creative writing at University College Dublin, and her short works of fiction and non-fiction can be found in the Dublin Review, Granta, The Stinging Fly, Tangerine, Banshee, Gorse, Holy Show, Tolka, Pig’s Back, and others.
Several lucky coincidences brought about Niamh Campbell’s return both to fiction and Dublin – most important among them when she was granted a Next Generation Artists’ Award by the Arts Council which enabled her to quit the job she disliked and focus on writing, the thing she’d always said she’d do if she didn’t get a job in academia. The result was the Rooney Award winning This Happy, her debut novel which was released around the same time that she won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, the richest prize for a single short story in the English language.
And now comes We Were Young which looks at post-recession Ireland through the lens of the cliquey art scene and tells the story of Cormac, a bisexual man who is nearing 40 and suddenly finds himself “leftover” as his friends all settle down. We Were Young continues Campbell’s exploration of how the past influences the future through a “tongue in cheek” view.
Cormac is a photographer. Approaching forty and still single, he suddenly finds himself ‘the leftover man’.
His peers are all getting divorced, dying, or buying trampolines in the suburbs. Cormac is receiving boilerplate rejection emails for his work, propped up by a constellation of the women and ex-lovers in his life.
Set in Dublin, a city built on burial pits, We Were Young is a dazzlingly clever, deeply enjoyable novel.