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Talks & Seminars

Novel Writers: Molly Aitken – The Island Child Live Stream

This May, Mol­ly Aitken intro­duces her debut nov­el The Island Child as part of our Nov­el Writ­ers series.

The Island Child tells two stories: of the girl who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape. As the strands of Oona’s life come together, in blood and marriage and motherhood, she must accept the price we pay when we love what is never truly ours…

Rich, haunting and rooted in Irish folklore, The Island Child is a spellbinding debut novel about identity and motherhood, freedom and fate, and the healing power of stories.

Chaired by Bristol-based writer Sian Norris.

“an exquisite debut from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction.”
– Ella Cory-Wright, THE TELEGRAPH

MOLLY AITKEN
Molly Aitken was born in Scotland in 1991 and brought up in Ireland. She studied Literature and Classics at Galway University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. She was shortlisted for Writing Magazine’s fairy tale retelling prize in 2016 and has a story in the Irish Imbas 2017 Short Story Collection. Currently, she works as an editor and ghostwriter and lives in Sheffield. The Island Child is her debut novel

NOVEL WRITERS
Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

You will still be able to view the event on our site after the date has passed.
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