Background: International Literature Festival seahorse logo in blue on a grey backgorund. Over this are headshots of 3 people, the first is a colour picture of a man sitting on a step. The second is of a woman smiling and looking slitthly off camera. Teh third is a black and white image of a man smiling and looking directly at the camera.
Saturday 20 May 2023
Goethe Institute Dublin

British Council Ireland is delighted to partner with the International Literature Festival Dublin on Beyond Borders: Cross Cultural Publishing. Irish writing is thriving, with a wealth of writers of all ages and from all backgrounds making headway in their careers on the international stage.

Building a career as a writer in Ireland brings unique opportunities for development and collaboration across Irish and UK-based publishing houses. Join us for this panel discussion with three of Ireland’s most exciting young writers, to discuss how working across the Irish Sea has helped their development as writers.

The writers will be in conversation with Kishani Widyaratna.


John Patrick McHugh is a writer originally from Galway. His work has appeared in Granta, Stinging Fly, Tangerine and Winter Papers. His first short story collection, Pure Gold was published in 2021.

Sara Baume is a writer and visual artist based in West Cork. She is the author of three novels, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, A Line Made by Walking and Seven Steeples, as well as the best-selling non fiction book, handiwork, which was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize.

Thomas Morris is the author of We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, a short story collection set in his home town of Caerphilly, South Wales. He was editor of The Stinging Fly from 2014-16.

Kishani Widyaratna is publishing director at 4th Estate and former Editor of Books at Picador Books.