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Literary treat as Joseph O’Connor sits down with Rachael English in Shannon

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Author and playwright Joseph O’Connor will read from his latest novel in Shannon next week.

Shannon Library will host author and playwright Joseph O’Connor in conversation with broadcaster and writer Rachael English on Thursday 7 November at 7.00pm. This is part of the second annual Readers Day event, the theme of which is ‘Historical Fiction’ and is being done by Clare County Library in conjunction with Creative Ireland.

O’Connor will read from his most recent novel Shadowplay, based on the life of Bram Stoker, and will then discuss the inspiration and research that goes into writing historical fiction. The Dubliner, who is currently McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick, is the author of 18 books, as well as stage plays and hundreds of radio diaries.

Born in England, Rachael English grew up and went to school in Shannon. Her first novel, Going Back, was shortlisted for the most promising newcomer award at the 2013 Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards. Her third novel, The American Girl, reached number one on the Irish paperback best sellers list. Her other novels are Each and Every One, The Night of the Party and The Paper Bracelet. She is a presenter of one of the country’s most listened to radio shows, Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One.

To book a place at the reading or for further details please contact Sean Lemass Public Library on 061-364266.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ,, A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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