Irish novelists Paul Lynch and Caoilinn Hughes talk about their new works, Grace and Orchid and the Wasp and discuss new writing and emerging voices in Ireland today.


Lynch’s third novel, Grace, is an epic coming-of-age novel set at the time of the Irish famine. Lynch is also author of Red Sky in the Morning and The Black Snow and winner of France’s Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel.


Orchid and the Wasp is Hughes’s debut novel. It is the story of Gael, who leaves Dublin for London and Manhatten following the 2008 crash and strives to build a life for herself and her loved ones amidst economic and familial collapse. Hughes’s poetry collection Gathering Evidence won the Irish Times Shine/Strong award.


This event is part of Irish day at the festival.