All book lovers are invited to a free, public, bi-lingual literature event, at 6pm Thursday 26th September, hosted by No Alibis bookshop, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, and featuring two of Northern Ireland’s premier short story writers, Orla McAlinden (Portadown) and Réaltán Ní Leannáin (Belfast)
Orla McAlinden is a Pushcart Prize nominee, the Cecil Day Lewis emerging writer 2016, the winner of the BGEIBA Irish Short Story of the Year 2016 award, the Eludia award 2014, and numerous other awards and short-listings. Her books are The Accidental Wife, Full of Grace and The Flight of the Wren. Her website is www.orlamcalinden.com
Réaltán Ní Leannáin was born and grew up in Belfast, and has been living in Dublin since the late eighties. She has completed writing residencies in Friesland, Cork, Slovenia and Donegal. She is Irish Language Writer-in-Residence in Dublin City University. Find a list of her publications – amongst other things – on her blog http://turasailse.blogspot.com/ . She will be reading from her short story collection, Dílis and her newly released novel Cití na gCartaí
Orla and Réaltán are active members of Women Aloud NI, a group of 300+ writers who strive to raise the profile of new writing by women from, and in, Northern Ireland.
Réaltán will read in Irish, and Orla will read in English, and the two authors and friends will lead a lively discussion of how their childhoods and the experience of growing up female in Northern Ireland has influenced their writing. While the evening will take place primarily through the English language, the chat will be welcoming to, and inclusive of, readers who are bilingual.