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Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011THE CORK SPRING






William Wall to read in the Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011



Reading with James Harpur & Tomas Lieske, Wednesday 16 February, 9pm


William Wall is the author of four novels, two collections of poetry and a volume of short fiction. His 2005 novel This Is The Country was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. A collection of poetry entitled Black Ice is scheduled for publication by Salmon in Summer 2011.Visit William Wall's homepage.

This Is the Country becomes a more and more resonant title as the book progresses: in the end Wall gives us a cleverly wrapped précis of modern Ireland, the problems inherent to its new-found wealth and leisure (and what is happening to those who can’t participate in that), old class and religious divisions. The title begins as a kind of mantra, something the city chancer fleeing into the “bogs” keeps telling himself as he adjusts to a different, frightening, self-reliant way of life, and ends up meaning “this is the state of my nation”.’
- The Guardian

Wall is too astringent a storyteller to fob his readers off with a feel-good ending. But he is also sufficiently poetic in his use of language to infuse the struggles of his hero with deep human feeling. Like so many great Irish writers before him, he has found music in the lives of the downtrodden.
- The Telegraph


(Extracts of Wall's work available on page 22 of festival brochure.)


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