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Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing won the coveted Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014. Join us for an intimate conversation with Eithne Hand.

EIMEAR McBRIDE was born in 1976 in Liverpool to Northern Irish parents. Aged two she and her family returned to Ireland and her childhood was mostly spent in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. At fourteen they moved again to Castlebar, Co Mayo. In 1994, at seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014. She moved to Cork in 2006, and Norwich in 2011, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. She is working on her second novel.

EITHNE HAND is an Award winning Radio Producer and Writer. She has written and produced four radio dramas for RTE Radio. Her radio documentary, Voicejazz, won a Prix Italia for Best Work on Music. She was Head of RTE Radio 1 from 2003- 2006. She is the Curator of the First Thought Talks Strand of the Galway Arts Festival and as an independent producer she works with Gay Byrne on his Sunday Jazz programme on RTE Lyric FM. She is the producer with Loco and Reckless Productions of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes by Mikel Murfi. Eithne was a board member here at the Hawks Well Theatre from 2007 -2014

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