27th March: 7.30pm

Two leading authors who have championed working class writers discuss how to overcome the challenges to get into print.

In this conversation two of our leading authors who have championed working class writers discuss the challenges faced by people from less affluent backgrounds in getting into print and how they can be overcome. They will discuss the lack of diversity in publishing and the importance of promoting a wider range of voices in literature. The event will consider why the books industry still so white, middle-class and male and what steps can we take to make publishing more inclusive.

This event will also include the launch of The 32: An Anthology of Working Class Voices.

The 32 Launch

Introduced by Paul McVeigh with short readings from the Northern Irish contributors Riley Johnston, Dr Michael Pierse and Marc Gregg. The 32 is the Irish version of ‘Common People’ anthology edited by Kit de Waal. It has 16 established Irish working class voices including Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and Daniel McLaughlin, as well as, 16 new writers from across the island of Ireland. The anthology aims to go some away towards highlighting the lack of access working class writers have in the publishing industry.

Followed by…

Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh: Why We Need More Diversity in Publishing. They will answer all your questions about how to get started in the publishing industry.

This event will also include a free wine reception and refreshments.

Supported by The Irish Secretariat and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Lucy Caldwell is the award-winning author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, two collections of short stories: Multitudes (Faber, 2016) and Intimacies (Faber, 2021). Her most recent novel, These Days is published by Faber in March 2022. She is also the editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019).

Paul McVeigh is a writer, author and performer. His novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Award and the McCrea Literary Award. He is the Editor of three anthologies, including, The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices, (Unbound), published in 2021.

Learn more: lucycaldwell.compaulmcveighwriter.com

date & time

date & time

Sun. 27th March
Duration: 1.5 hours



Cube Theatre, Crescent Arts Centre, University Road




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