Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Anne became the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in January 2015. The role last three years, and is a new initiative that has been developed by the Arts Council, with support from UCD, New York University and The Irish Times. Anne’s new novel The Green Road will be published on 7 May and will available at our festival bookshop at the castle.
Aine Lawlor is a journalist and presenter, and has worked on Morning Ireland, The Pat Kenny Show, Today at 5, RTÉ 2fm News, News at One, and The week in Politics.and a variety of television programmes, including The Nature of Things, Tuesday File and as narrator for the highly-acclaimed series on clerical sexual abuse in Irish institutions, States of Fear. She was awarded Best News Broadcaster of the Year at the prestigious PPI Radio Awards in October 2012 and went on to be inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame in 2014. In November 2013, she presented a two-part documentary Facing Cancer which followed her as she re-traced the steps of her journey to overcome breast cancer.