Evelyn Conlon, novelist and short story writer, has been described as one of Ireland’s truly creative writers. She has tackled serious issues, including the Death Penalty, but even with that she succeeded in introducing a wryly witty approach to the subject. Her novel, A Glassful of Letters, was described by Kirkus, USA, as “A brilliant epistolary work suffusing a portrait of modern Dublin with the subtle wit of Clarissa”. Conlon returned to matters of the historical diaspora in her last novel, Not the Same Sky, which gives a moving picture of Irish Famine girls, shipped to Australia on 21 boats, between 1848 and 1850. The novel made Pick of the Week in the main Saturday newspapers when it came out there in 2013.

Rebecca Pelan said of it that ‘it is a beautifully written novel… it is also an intelligent and engaging piece of work that leads us into a face-to-face confrontation with some of the bigger questions concerning memories and journeys.


Support the festival