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Close to Home: Michael Magee in conversation

11th October 2023 – 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£4.00 – £6.50

Close to Home is the exceptional debut novel from Michael Magee. It has attracted stellar reviews from writers and critics for its intimate and powerful account of class and masculinity set in Michael’s hometown of Belfast. Join the critically acclaimed author in conversation with Dr Eamonn Hughes, Senior Lecturer in the School of English (QUB).

‘A vision of post-conflict Belfast that didn’t deliver what it promised, blighted by poverty and memory. But far from bleak, I laughed out loud many times. And it is full of love.’
– Louise Kennedy, author of Trespasses.

Copies of the book will be available to buy on the evening of this event.

About Michael Magee

Michael Magee was born and grew up in West Belfast. He is the fiction editor of The Tangerine, and his work has appeared in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, and The Lifeboat, and in The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Writing. He recently received his PhD in creative writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Close to Home is his first novel.

About Dr Eamonn Hughes

Dr Eamonn Hughes is a retired lecturer in Irish Studies at QUB and was Assistant Director of the British Association for Irish Studies. He specialises in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, on which he has published widely, and his current interests are in Irish autobiography and concepts of place in Irish writing.


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11th October 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
£4.00 – £6.50
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The Linen Hall
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, BT1 5GB United Kingdom


The Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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