Druid Talk: Alice McDermott in Conversation with Mike McCormack

Book Tickets

  • 21 March 2018
  • 19:00
  • Tickets are free but booking is required

Druid presents Alice McDermott in conversation with Mike McCormack at the Mick Lally Theatre on Wednesday 21st March. These two world-class authors will discuss the writing process and their own work during this unique and intimate event.

American author Alice McDermott is currently under commission from Druid for a new play and on 21st March she will be in conversation with Mayo writer, Mike McCormack in the cosy surroundings of the Mick Lally Theatre.

Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and The 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction.  Time Magazine, The Library Journal and The Wall Street Journal named The Ninth Hour among the top ten works of fiction in 2017.  Her seventh novel, Someone, 2013, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and The Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  Someone was also long-listed for the National Book Award.  Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 and was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award.  That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers, Commonweal and elsewhere.  She has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature.  In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.   

Born in London in 1965, Mike McCormack grew up in Co Mayo and currently lives in Galway. His stories are collected as Getting it in the Head (London, Jonathan Cape, 1965), for which he won the Rooney Prize; and Forensic Songs (Dublin, Lilliput, 2012). 

His novels are Crowe’s Requiem (Jonathan Cape, 1998); Notes from a Coma (Jonathan Cape, 2005/New York, Soho Press, 2013); and Solar Bones (Dublin, Tramp Press, 2016), which was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, 2016. With Johnny Reilly he wrote the screenplay for The Terms, based on his short story. 

In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature and Getting it in the Head was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2006 Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award.. He was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in 2007 and has been the recipient of several Arts Council Bursaries.

Tickets for this event are free but booking is required.