The Rick O’Shea Book Club Presents: It Could Be Worse – Writing About the Near Future
Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff from Tramp Press, Dave Rudden, Rob Doyle, Shane Hegarty and June Caldwell talk to Rick about books that have described, with varying degrees of dystopian apocalypse, the world in which we now live, where the authors got it wrong and where, chillingly, they got it right.
Saturday: Rick with Sarah Davis-Goff, Shane Hegarty and Dave Rudden
Sunday: Rick with Lisa Coen, Rob Doyle, June Caldwell.
Rick O’Shea has been a radio presenter with RTE since 2001 both on RTE 2FM and as a presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1. He’s a regular panellist, moderator and interviewer at book festivals around the country and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006. He also runs Ireland’s largest online book club with over 7,000 members running regular author interview events around the country – Body And Soul is the first ever Rick O’Shea Book Club event at a music festival. You can join up at www.thebookclub.ie
Lisa Coen is originally from Mayo. She and Sarah Davis-Goff are co-founders of Tramp Press, an award-winning Irish publisher dedicated to finding and rediscovering exceptional fiction. Tramp has published Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither and most recently Arja Kajermo’s The Iron Age.
Sarah Davis-Goff co-founded Tramp Press with Lisa Coen in 2014. An award-winning Irish publisher dedicated to finding and rediscovering exceptional fiction, Tramp has published Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither and most recently Arja Kajermo’s The Iron Age. Sarah has written about publishing for the Irish Times, the Guardian, LitHub and elsewhere. She lives in Dublin.
Dave Rudden has brought author talks and creative writing workshops to over 200 schools, libraries and festivals across Ireland and the UK. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, and has been shortlisted for the Hennessey New Writing Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize. He is the recipient of the 2011 Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize. His first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, was the winner of the Specsavers’ Senior Children’s Book of the Year Award. He enjoys keeping pens in his beard and being cruel to fictional children.
Shane Hegarty was a journalist with The Irish Times before becoming a full-time writer when his Darkmouth series was picked up by HarperCollins in 2013. Four books of the bestselling story of a reluctant monster hunter have followed, with Darkmouth published in over a dozen languages around the world. A major animated film is currently being made.
June Caldwell worked for many years as a freelance journalist and now writes fiction. Room Little Darker, a short story collection, was published by New Island Books in May 2017. Her short story ‘SOMAT’ was published in the award-winning anthology The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson and was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. She’s a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted for many others, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award, the Lorian Hemingway Prize, and the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast, and lives in Dublin.