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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Sebastian Barry makes first public appearance as Laureate for Irish Fiction

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, the new Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche and the Arts Council’s Sarah Bannon
Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, the new Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche and the Arts Council’s Sarah Bannon

Esther Hayden

Almost 200 people flocked to Gorey Library last Tuesday evening for a special event with two internationally acclaimed writers.

Wexford playwright and author Billy Roche interviewed the newly announced Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry in Barry's first public appearance since he was honoured with the title.

During the evening Sebastian Barry who penned The Secret Scripture spoke about Gorey in glowing terms saying how he visited the town at least twice a week.

He told the large crowd that he often enjoyed a visit to Partridge's Cafe and also Redmond Dry Cleaners.

Mr Barry said that he knew Billy Roche since the 1980s when both men met at a writer's retreat in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annamacarrig in Monaghan.

The two men spoke at length about writing in general as well as their own works keeping the audience enthralled with their prose and turns of phrase.

The staff at Gorey Library were delighted with the success of the event and noted it was a great coup to be the location of Mr Barry's first public appearance was Laureate for Irish Fiction.

'It was a great occasion and we were delighted to see so many people interested in the event. Mr Barry's books are very popular with our readers and to have two authors of such calibre, both with strong Wexford connections, here at the library was fantastic. People were really happy with the event.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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