Ireland’s Laureate for Irish Fiction and Man Booker prizewinner, Anne Enright, visited the University of Limerick on October 6th, where she read from her work and delivered a lecture on the Irish writer, the late Maeve Brennan.
The event, hosted by the Creative Writing programme at UL, was free and open to the public. Prof. Joseph O’Connor, who is the McCourt Professor of Creative Writing and director of UL’s Creating Writing MA said before the event:
“Each year since I started here at UL, we have kicked off the autumn term with a visit from a major international writer. Our first was Colum McCann, last year we hosted the great Richard Ford, and to welcome Anne Enright in October will be a special and particular delight for our students, faculty and all book lovers in the Limerick and midwest region.”
The author was introduced by UL’s Writer in Residence, novelist and short-story writer, Donal Ryan, whose latest novel All We Shall Go is doing well in the best-selling lists.
Ms Enright is the author of six novels, one of which The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and also won Irish Novel of the Year. Her most recent novel The Green Road was also named Irish Novel of the Year last year. She has also been the recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Encore Award.
She has published three collections of short stories as well as a non-fiction book on motherhood. She was named the inaugural Laureate of Irish Fiction last year and will hold the post for three years.
Maeve Brennan was a Dublin born journalist and short-story writer who died in 1993 and whose work is now enjoying a revival.
She moved to New York as a young woman, graduated and then got a job as a fashion copywriter with the famous Harpers Bazaar. Later she wrote a social diary for the New Yorker under the name The Long-Winded Lady and the magazine began publishing her short stories in 1950. Two collections were published in her lifetime but none in Ireland. A novella The Visitor was published post-humously.