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Booker Prize Winner Anne Enright Reading at UL


Anne Enright

Booker Prize Winner Anne Enright Reading at UL

Man Booker Prize winner for fiction 2007, Anne Enright, gave an evening reading on Saturday 29th May at the University of Limerick. This event was free and open to the public and started at 7pm in the Millstream Common Room, University of Limerick.

This event was organised as part of the 11th Annual New Voices Conference running on the 28th and 29th May, which welcomed postgraduate students in Irish Literary Studies and Humanities nationally and internationally to discuss their research.  The conference explored literary and cultural representations of the Irish family and how it has shaped Irish literature and culture in the modern era.

Anne Enright is the fourth Irish writer to win the literary Booker Prize since its inception in 1969 and this is her first time reading from her prize-winning novel The Gathering in Limerick.  Anne Enright was born on 11th October 1962 in Dublin, where she now lives and works. After studying creative writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter at the University of East Anglia, she worked for six years as a TV producer and director in Ireland. She has published three collections of short stories among them The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three previous novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. What Are You Like? was short listed for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award. Her first work of non-fiction, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004.  The reading was followed by a Q&A session.

The conference was sponsored by Ulster Bank, University of Limerick Foundation, School of Languages, Literature, Culture & Communication at UL and Campus Life Services and supported by Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (UL), Graduate School (UL), Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society, Limerick City Council and UL Arts Office, Women's Studies at UL, History of Family Project at UL, Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, Centre for Irish-German Studies at UL.

This event was organised by two doctoral students in English, Yvonne O'Keeffe and Claudia Reese with support from their supervisors Dr Tina O'Toole and Dr Gisela Holfter. Any enquires can be made by contacting the School of Languages, Literature and Communication Ph: 61 202424/ 202321 or email newvoices2010@ul.ie.


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