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Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the bestselling novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. She lives in Dublin. Little Cruelties is her latest novel. Visit her at LizNugent.ie or follow her on Twitter at @Lizzienugent.

Liz Nugent’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Culture Ireland.

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Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied philosophy at Oxford University before moving to Australia and to New York. He is the author of more than a dozen crime novels, including the Dagger and Edgar-award nominated debut Dead I Well May Be, the critically acclaimed Sean Duffy series, and the award-winning standalone thriller The Chain, which was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller. McKinty’s books have been translated into over 30 languages, and he has won the Edgar Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Ned Kelly Award and more.

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Haroon Akram-Lodhi is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

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Colm Tóibín is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author. His novels include The Master, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. His works also include The Empty Family, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His previous novel Night Boat to Tangier was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. His stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

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Colin Barrett was born in Canada and grew up in Ireland. He is the author of a short story collection, Young Skins. His fiction has appeared in the Stinging Fly Magazine, Granta Magazine, Harpers and the New Yorker. He currently lives in Toronto. 

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