MADELEINE D'ARCY | Bandon Library

Friday, September 25 | 6.30 p.m. | FREE

Madeleine_DArcy.jpgMadeleine D'Arcy was born in Ireland and later spent thirteen years in the UK. She began to write fiction in 2005.

Madeleine's début collection of short fiction, Waiting For The Bullet, (Doire Press, Ireland 2014) won the Edge Hill Reader's Choice Prize 2015 (U.K).

In 2010 she received a Hennessy X.O Literary Award for First Fiction as well as the overall Hennessy X.O Literary Award for New Irish Writer.
Her work has been shortlisted and commended in many other competitions.


Publication credits include: Sunday Tribune; Made in Heaven and Other Short Stories; Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press); Irish Examiner; Necessary Fiction; Irish Independent; Irish Times; The Penny Dreadful; Long Story Short; Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Short Story(University of Brownsville Texas, Vols. 20.2, 21.2); Unbraiding the Short Story (Ed. Maurice A Lee);Surge: New Writing From Ireland (O’Brien Press, November 2014) and Quarryman (UCC/Bradshaw Books, 2014) and (10 July 2105). New stories are forthcoming in The Elysian Anthology, The Stinging Fly and Edge Hill Press Anthology 2016. Her work has also featured on RTE Radio programmes Arena and Sunday Miscellany.

Madeleine was a scholarship student on the inaugural MA in Creative Writing in UCC from 2013-2014 (First Class Honours).
A short film of her story Dog Pound, featuring the distinguished Irish actor Frank Kelly, was premiered at the Hennessy Literary Awards in April 2014.

She is currently writing a novel.


JASPER WINN in conversation with DERVLA MURPHY | Bandon Grammar School

Sunday, September 27 | 4.30 p.m. | €12

DervlaMurphy4_resize_60.jpgDervla Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. 


She was born and raised in Lismore, County Waterford. Her parents were from Dublin and had moved to Lismore when her father was appointed county librarian. 


Dervla is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, AfghanistanPakistan and India. She followed this with volunteer work helping Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Murphy took a break from travel writing following the birth of her daughter, and then wrote about her travels with Rachel in India, Pakistan, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon. She later wrote about her solo trips through Romania, Africa, Laos, the states of the former Yugoslavia and Siberia. In 2005 she visited Cuba with her daughter and three granddaughters. 

Murphy has normally travelled alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. She has been in dangerous situations - she was attacked by wolves in the former Yugoslavia, threatened by soldiers in Ethiopia and robbed in Siberia. However, she described her worst incident as tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm. 


Jasper Winn is a writer, photographer, broadcaster and public speaker. He has extensively researched and written about traditional horse cultures around the globe, about remote rural peoples, nomadism and transhumance and about slow adventures on foot and horse, by bicycle and kayak and using skis, inline skates and dog sleds. 

He is the author of PADDLE; A long way around Ireland. Though about a thousand-mile sea-kayak circumnavigation of Ireland, the book is as much about playing music in pubs, meetings with basking sharks and other big marine life, odd Irish and coastal history, eccentric characters, birds, wild camping, islands and his own dangerously comic ineptitude. 

Jasper is currently working on a book about the year he spent travelling with a North African Berber clan – and their camels, sheep and goats – walking back and forth between winter grazing, whilst living in caves in the pre-Sahara and the black tents of the summer pastures in the High Central Atlas.