As part of its remit, the ICC provides a platform for Irish authors to launch, promote and discuss their work. While we enjoy showcasing established authors, we are also very keen to encourage and support emerging writers by offering them a platform from which they can introduce and be interviewed about their work. We are currently working with established writers, alongside creative writing courses, literary agents and publishing houses in this ongoing series which features an established author introducing and interviewing a debut writer.
For this, the fifth interview in the series we are pleased to present Fiona Scarlett, who will discuss her debut novel, Boys Don’t Cry in conversation with Lucy Caldwell. About Fiona Scarlett Fiona Scarlett is from Dublin but now lives in County Kildare with her husband and two children. She holds a MLitt in creative writing from the University of Glasgow and a masters in early childhood education. She was awarded the Denis O’Driscoll Literary Bursary through Kildare County Council in 2019 and a Literature Bursary Award through the Arts Council of Ireland in 2020. Fiona works full-time as a primary-school teacher. Boys Don’t Cry is her debut novel.
About Lucy Caldwell Novelist, scriptwriter and short story writer, Lucy Caldwell’s work has attracted numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize for Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Lucy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018 and in 2019 she was editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. Her novel these days was published to critical acclaim earlier this year.