In association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dublin
James Joyce is known for writing about life’s intimate moments. When Ulysses was published, it was considered obscene and unreadable by some critics. Joyce responded “if Ulysses isn’t fit to read, then life isn’t fit to live”.
Join Norwegian writer Vigdis Hjorth and Dublin-based author June Caldwell for an intimate panel discussion. They will confront the challenges and pleasures of shedding light on dark and complex aspects of modern life. Actor Janet Moran, who played Molly Bloom in the Abbey Theatre Production of Ulysses, will illustrate the discussion with readings from Joyce’s works and letters.
Vigdis Hjorth is a celebrated Norwegian author with a keen eye for current issues. She is known for writing existentialist books that address people’s life choices and living conditions. Her new novel Wills and Testament starts as a classic story of inheritance and sibling dynamics. But during the inheritance discussions another story emerges which brings violent forces into play. It's all about family history.
June Caldwell worked for many years as a journalist before becoming a writer of fiction and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Her short story collection Room Little Darker was published In 2017. The Times described it as “an unflinching collection which thuds with life and kicks with horror” and the Independent wrote “Caldwell’s stories are ferocious beasts, kicking and screaming in rabid, frothing rage.” Caldwell has won the Moth International Short Story Prize and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her debut novel Little Town Moone is due in 2020.
The evening will be chaired by Dimitra Xidous, author of Keeping Bees. Her work has been published in gorse, The Stinging Fly, and Room Magazine.