‘In Conversation with Edel Coffey’ at Blessington Library

Well-known author and journalist Edel Coffey will be taking part in an ‘in conversation’ event in Blessington Library on Saturday, 9th December.

Moderated by local writer Olivia Fitzsimons, this is the final event of the 2023 ‘Way with Words’ Literature Festival.

This in-person event is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Edel’s creative practice and her debut novel ‘Breaking Point’, a No 1 bestseller in Ireland which received the An Post Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year in 2022.

Edel is an author, journalist and broadcaster and is Books Editor of The Gloss magazine. She writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner and is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and was previously Editor of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine and Books Editor with the paper. Edel

has also worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio.

Olivia Fitzsimons is from Northern Ireland and now lives in County Wicklow. Her debut novel, ‘The Quiet Whispers Never Stop’ (2022), was shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien and Butler Literary Awards.

She is a contributing editor for The Stinging Fly magazine. Her writing has been awarded Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as residencies from Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris/Literature Ireland and The Dean Art Studios.  Olivia’s fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Banshee, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Whether you are a fan or simply curious, this is an event you won’t want to miss so come along and be inspired by Edel’s and Olivia’s stories and insights.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, said she was happy to see the continued collaboration between Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow County Library Services to deliver the annual ‘Way with Words’ Festival which is curated with writers and readers in mind.

Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, Emer O’Gorman, said she was pleased to see the continued funding support from Creative Ireland for the ‘Way with Words’ literature programme adding: “Each year the programme features a range of events that include readings, workshops and in-conversations as well as activities for all ages with a variety of genres and approaches to writing represented.”

The event is free but booking is essential. To find out more and book today visit: www.waywithwords.ie.

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