Reading Diversely with Alan McMonagle
Times & Dates
The aim of this series is to engage readers into reading books which will help them dip their toes into writing through a facilitated process with experienced writers.
The writer talks about key texts/books and then facilitates the group through exercises which are fun and give new writers confidence to continue writing.
Goals and Anticipated Outcomes for the series
- to encourage people who enjoy reading to learn to read with a writer’s eye
- to broaden their reading experiences and to spark an interest in writing
- to provide activities and events in collaboration with writers/illustrators/poets
This session will be facilitated by Alan McMonagle who will discuss books from his diverse reading list:
Honour / Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Revenge / Yoko Ogawa (Japan / Stories)
The God of Small Things / Arundhati Roy (India)
Fever Dream / Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)
Black Wave / Michelle Tea (USA)
Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
A Portable Paradise / Roger Robinson (Trinidad / UK / Poems)
China Room / Sunjeev Sahota
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers / Yiyun Li (China / Stories)
Song of Solomon / Toni Morrison (USA)
My Brilliant Friend / Elena Ferrante (Italy)
I'll Sell You a Dog / Juan Pablo Villalobos (Mexico)
House of the Spirits / Isabel Allende (Chile)
Alan McMonagle is a writer living in Galway, Ireland. He holds an MA in Writing from National University of Ireland, Galway. He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) and the Arts Council of Ireland.
He has published two collections of short stories, Psychotic Episodes (Arlen House, 2013) and Liar Liar (Wordsonthestreet, 2008) and contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Penny Dreadful, The Stinging Fly and the anthology, Young Irelanders (ed. Dave Lordan, New Island, 2015).
His radio plays, Oscar Night (2014), People Walking On Water (2017) and Shirley Temple Killer Queen (2019) have been produced and broadcast as part of RTE's Drama on One season.
In November 2015 he signed a two-book deal with Picador and his first novel, Ithaca, was published in March, 2017 and was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels, the International Dublin Literary Award and an Irish Book Award. A second novel (Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame) was published earlier this year.
Booking: Places limited so booking required.
T. 222 8422 E. [email protected] to reserve your place to attend.
Programme delivered by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with Irish Writers Centre.