Dublin Book Festival at Solas Nua presents:
Emerging Writers Podcast: In Conversation with Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan
This event was available on-demand from Sunday, Sept 12th to October 4th
Allow Dublin Book Festival at Solas Nua, in association with Culture Ireland, to introduce you to some of Ireland’s most exciting emerging writers with an immersive podcast hosted by arts manager, writer, and performer Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan. Set against the backdrop of Ireland’s distinguished literary history, this podcast will explore the work being produced in and about the country by its contemporary writers. Chandrika will be joined by poet Dagogo Hart, and debut authors John Patrick McHugh and Megan Nolan, who each bring their own understandings of modern Ireland to bear on their work: Dagogo’s dual Nigerian and Irish identity has inspired his forthcoming multimedia poetry-film (Poetry Ireland), which focuses on the migrant experience of ‘home’; Megan’s novel, Acts of Desperation (Jonathan Cape), draws on the darknesses of Dublin to chart the unravelling of an obsessive love; and the small-town anxieties of John’s short stories in Pure Gold (New Island) are informed by their setting on an imaginary island off the west coast. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to go behind the scenes with each of these up-and-coming writers.
John Patrick McHugh is from Galway. His work has appeared in Banshee, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Winter Papers. Pure Gold is his debut collection.
Dagogo Hart is a Dublin based poet, writer and spoken word artist. He began performing in Dublin in 2016 in open mics and poetry slams, which saw him win the Slam Sunday Grand Slam in 2017 and become an All Ireland poetry slam finalist in the same year. Since then, he has performed at festivals including Electric Picnic, St Patrick’s Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and First Fortnight. He is one third of the collective WeAreGriot, a poetry collective which curates arts events around poetry. His works include See True (a spoken word variety show) and BOYCHILD (a spoken word play), the last two co-written with Felispeaks, and Talkatives (a hip hop and poetry slam as part of WeAreGriot). His work has appeared in publications including The Moth magazine and Poetry Ireland Review. His poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria, and his experience since moving to Ireland.
Megan Nolan’s writing includes essays, fiction and reviews which have been published widely including in The New York Times, The White Review, The Sunday Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. Regular columns of her cultural commentary appear in Huck Magazine and the New Statesman. Her debut novel Acts Of Desperation is published by Jonathan Cape and Little, Brown US.
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based arts manager, writer, and performer from India, who has also lived in North America, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. Her work has been published in Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets from Dedalus Press, The Ireland Chair of Poetry Hold Open the Door anthology by UCD Press, the Green Carnations: 25 Young LGBTQ+ Poets from Ireland anthology by Book Hub Publishing, Banshee, Honest Ulsterman, Impossible Archetype, and Poetry Ireland Review. She has been featured on The Moth and Mortified podcasts, with work aired on NPR and Irish radio. Chandrika was selected for the Irish Writers Centre XBorders programmes in 2018 and 2020. Chandrika is editor of Poetry Ireland’s Trumpet issue 9, and book reviewer for Children’s Books Ireland’s Inis magazine.
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