Being Various: New Irish Writing

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


The current explosion of phenomenal Irish writing talent is brilliantly showcased by Faber’s new short story collection _Being Various_. Its editor Lucy Caldwell, the Belfast-born novelist, playwright, and short-story writer, has described it as “a golden age of writing”. Caldwell is joined by contributors Jan Carson and Yan Ge to discuss the vitality, confidence, and variety of work being produced by Irish writers today in a roundtable interview with Bryan Radley from the University of York.

Lucy Caldwell (FRSL) is the award-winning author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: _Multitudes_ (Faber, 2016) and _Intimacies_ (Faber, 2020). Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her novel _The Fire Starters_ (Doubleday, 2019) won the 2019 EU Prize for Literature. Award-winning, Dublin-based novelist Yan Ge was named by _People’s Literature_ magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. She is the author of thirteen books, including six novels, the most recent of which is _The Chilli Bean Paste Clan_ (Balestier Press, 2018).

Event Details
Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Ilkley Playhouse - Wildman
Price: £8.00 / £5.00 concessions
Period12 Oct 2019
Held atIlkley Literature Festival, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Irish literature
  • Irish short story
  • Ilkley Literature Festival
  • Lucy Caldwell
  • Jan Carson
  • Yan Ge