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Final Panel Discussion with Interviewers

ICC Digital Literary Festival 2020

The ICC Digital Literary Festival features some of the stalwarts of Irish literature alongside recent bestselling authors.

This recorded conversation features our Literary Festival interviewers in a panel discussion chaired by Anne Goudsmit.

About Dr Keith Hopper

Keith is a lecturer in Literature, Film Studies, and Digital Humanities for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition, 2009), and general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001-2007). Keith also co-edited a series of four books by and about the Irish writer Dermot Healy (2016). 

About Dermot Bolger

Dermot is a journalist, editor, publisher, and one of Ireland’s best known and most prolific authors.  He has written 14 novels, 17 plays and 10 collections of poetry.  His work has attracted many awards, including the AE Memorial Prize and the Macaulay Fellowship. His play, Lament for Arthur Cleary, won both the Samuel Beckett Award and the BBC Stewart Parker Award. 

Dermot established Raven Arts Press in 1977 which was acknowledged to be one of Ireland’s innovative publishing houses.  He subsequently helped co-found New Island Books, which is now one of Ireland’s leading publishers. 

His most recent work, Secrets Never Told, is his first collection of short stories, one of which, Supermarket Flowers was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020. 

About Anne Flaherty

A journalist born in London and growing up in County Clare, Anne has worked for The Irish Press in Dublin and The Irish Times in Belfast as well as reporting from Africa and Asia. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Writing from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey.

About Carlo Gébler

Carlo is the author of nearly 30 works including novels, plays, short stories, children’s fiction, travel writing, historical pieces and a memoir. His more recent work includes The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017) and a retelling of Aesop’s Fables (2019).  He has contributed extensively to a wide variety of publications including  Critical Quarterly, The Dublin Review, Fiction Magazine, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Independent. 

His most recent work, Tales We Tell Ourselves: A Selection From ‘The Decameron’ forms the subject of his own interview with Dermot Bolger. 

About Anne Goudsmit

Anne Goudsmit was born in Co. Fermanagh. She left Ireland to study at Sussex University and at the Sorbonne before moving to London. Her early career was in Finance, when she worked at Citibank and subsequently at ITV.

Anne wrote her PhD thesis on Northern Irish fiction at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where she was a visiting lecturer.

She launched the monthly Book Club at the Irish Cultural Centre in 2017 and is a member of the Irish Literary Society.