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Interview with Colin Barrett & Kevin Barry in The Hague

  • 11 Kerkstraat Den Haag, ZH, 2514 KP Netherlands (map)

On February 17th the Irish short story authors Colin Barrett and Kevin Barry will be our guests at BorderKitchen to talk about their books Young Skins (written by Barrett) and Dark Lies the Island (written by Barry). The authors will be interviewed by Maarten Dessing.

Colin Barrett (1982) grew up in County May, Ireland. His stories were published in several anthologies. Young Skins is his debut. Set for the most part in the fictional County Mayo town of Glanbeigh, the stories deftly explore the wayward lives and loves of young men and women in contemporary post-boom Ireland. With themes ranging from loneliness and desire to violence and self destruction. In Glanbeigh, it matters who’s sister you’re seen with after closing time and it matters when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. The young, talented Barrett writes brilliantly about the lives and loves of young men and women living in modern day Ireland.

The Irish author Kevin Barry (1969) published short stories in many leading magazines, including The New Yorker. His debut novel City of Bohane was awarded the prestigious impac-Award. In his new book Dark Lies the Island Barry connects the literary class of James Joyce with the mischievous playfulness of Roald Dahl. His stories are original and witty and are about unrequited love and failed crimes. Barry’s dazzling use of language, perfect dialogues and sharp eye for tragedy and comedy in everyday life give his stories great energy.

The Dutch translation of Young Skins was published on January 8th as Jonge gasten by publisher De Bezige Bij. A translation by Joris Vermeulen. The Dutch translation of Dark Lies the Island was also published on January 8th by published De Bezige Bij. The translation is by Auke Leistra.