Archive : Literary Programme 2014

An Evening with Jennifer Johnston

An Evening with Jennifer Johnston
(in conversation with John MacKenna)

Jennifer Johnston

Maritime Hotel

Wed 9 July


€15 Tickets on Door

Jennifer Johnston will read from her new novel, A Sixpenny Song and talk about her writing life. She will talk about her award-winning debut novel The Captains and the Kings which remains one of the classic (and earliest) Irish First World War novels. Amidst the commemorative events this year, we hear about what inspired the novel and what it was like writing about World War 1 in very different times.

Jennifer Johnston was awarded a Lifetime Achievement from the Irish Book Awards in 2012 in recognition of an outstanding body of work. Roddy Doyle has called her ‘the best writer in Ireland.’ Her first novel, The Captains and the Kings (1972), was published to great acclaim and won the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award and Robert Pitman Award. Since then, Jennifer Johnston has written over 13 novels, many of which have been adapted for TV. Shadows on our Skin (1977) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Old Jest won the Whitbread Award for the best novel of 1979. Born in Dublin, to the Irish actor/director Shelah Richards and the playwright Denis Johnston, she was educated at Trinity College Dublin