Join MoLI in association with New Island Books as they launch Nuala O’Connor’s latest novel, Nora. To celebrate the publication, the author will be in conversation with Katherine McSharry, Deputy Director of the National Library of Ireland. The launch will take place on the 9th April at 7pm and you can sign up here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/noralaunch/register
Described by Edna O’Brien as ‘a lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle’, O’Connor’s new novel follows Nora Barnacle from her first meeting with James Joyce, through her years in Dublin and later across Europe. The novel tracks the Joyces as Nora is torn between their intense and unwavering desire for each other, and the constant anxiety of living hand to mouth, often made worse by her husband’s compulsion for company and attention.
Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet, and lives in Co. Galway with her family. She is the author of four previous novels, including Becoming Belle (2018) and Miss Emily (2015), a reimagining of the life of Emily Dickinson, and six short story collections, her most recent being Joyride to Jupiter (2017). She has won many prizes for her short fiction including the Francis MacManus Award, the James Joyce Quarterly Fiction Contest and the UK’s Short Fiction Journal Prize. Nuala’s work has also been nominated for numerous prizes including the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the International Dublin Literary Award. She is editor-in-chief at flash e-zine Splonk.
Katherine McSharry is Deputy Director of the National Library of Ireland. She was Project Director for the National Library exhibition ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’, co-curated the exhibition ‘James Joyce and Ulysses’, and led the National Library’s partnership with UCD to create MoLI.