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Jennifer Johnston and John MacKenna to read at the Peregrine Readings


The Peregrine Series continues this week with readings from acclaimed writers Jennifer Johnston and John MacKenna. The Irish Writers’ Centre will play host on Tuesday the 10th of May, moving across the country to Roscommon, in the County Library on Wednesday the 11th and Boyle Library on Thursday 12th.


The readings kicked off on Tuesday 26th of April and have enjoyed two very successful weeks so far, with large turnouts and great responses from the audiences. The Peregrine Series will continue every week until the 2nd of June.


Jennifer Johnston has received many awards including the Robert Pitman Award, the Yorkshire Post Award, the 1979 Whitbread Award for The Old Jest and the Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Play (1989). The Invisible Worm was shortlisted for a Daily Express Best Book of the Year 1992 and Shadows on our Skin was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.


John MacKenna is the author of sixteen books, including the memoir Things You Should Know and the biography, Shackleton – an Irishman in Antarctica. His current novel is The Space Between Us. His new collection of poems will be published in May (Salmon Poetry) and his latest collection of short-stories, We Sang Once Like Other Men is due in 2012.



About the Peregrine Readings:

The Peregrine Readings is a touring prose reading series, started in 2010 as part of the Touring and Dissemination Scheme funded by the Arts Council.  The Irish Writers’ Centre often gets requests from people to put on some of our great events around the country. The Peregrine Readings does just that. The Peregrine by its definition is a wanderer or a traveler, we have taken writers back to the oral tradition to share their words aloud, and like writers in the oral tradition, they will travel from town to town sharing their stories.

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