Decadent Enrichment Programme
Three acclaimed writers reflect on the unsettling genius of David Harrower’s play, after attending a performance in Limerick’s Belltable theatre. Curated by Dani Gill for Decadent’s Enrichment Programme, Edel Coffey chairs a video conversation with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Donal Ryan.
Edel Coffey is a journalist and broadcaster. She has worked as a presenter and reporter with RTÉ Radio, editor of the Irish Independent Weekend magazine and as Books Editor of the Irish Independent. Breaking Point, her debut novel, has spent 10 weeks in the Irish Best Seller charts since its release in January 2022. The controversial novel is the story of Susannah, an esteemed doctor who leaves her young daughter in the car on a hot day for hours before she realises her mistake. Susannah faces the consequences of this morning through a trial by both jury and society, facing the enormous scrutiny and pressure of the public and private lens.
Donal Ryan is an award-winning author from Nenagh, County Tipperary, whose work has been published in over twenty languages to major critical acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted ‘Irish Book of the Decade’. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018, and won the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature. His most recent novel, Strange Flowers, was voted Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was a number one bestseller. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. A theatrical version of his novel The Thing About December, was produced by Decadent Theatre Company in 2019.
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick, where she lives with her family. She has written six books for young people and is the Head of Pedagogy at UL’s Creative Writing Department.