Ballinasloe-based author Nuala Ní Chonchúir will read from her second novel, The Closet of Savage Mementos, tomorrow at 2pm at the Bridge Mills as part of the Galway Fringe Festival.
The book, which has recently been published by New Island Books, was launched in Dublin’s Gutter Bookshop in April. Since then, Ní Chonchúir has travelled to Italy on the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange, the West Cork Literary Festival, and at the International Short Story Conference in Vienna promoting the novel.
“I has been a whirlwind, so it’s lovely to be home in Galway for a bit,” said Ní Chonchúir. “I am treating this event in Bridge Mills as the Galway launch for the book. I’ll be signing copies of the book after the reading and all are welcome to come along.”
Set in Scotland, Dublin, and Galway, the novel is partially based on the author’s experience of working in the Highlands and of an unplanned pregnancy. The Sunday Times has called the book “...her finest novel yet”, while The Evening Echo has called it “compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent”.
Ní Chonchúir, who has lived in Galway since 1996, is originally from Dublin, and is an award-winning novelist, short fiction writer, and poet. Among a prolific body of work, The Closet of Savage Mementos follows her recent releases including short story collection Of Dublin and Other Fictions (2013 ), poetry collection The Juno Charm (2011 ), and her first novel You (2010 ). She has also won awards for flash fiction including the Dublin Review of Books Flash Fiction Prize, the Take a Leap Flash Award in 2012 and, most recently, the 2013 Gladstone's Library Prize (UK ). For more information on Nuala Ní Chonchúir and her work, visit www.nualanichonchuir.com
The price of admission to the event tomorrow is €5, and tickets are available at www.galwayfringe.ie