Venue: Walled Garden.

Eimear McBride was born in 1976. Her childhood was spent mostly in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, and later in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. In 1994, aged seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. She moved to Cork in 2006, and to Norwich in 2011, where she still lives with her husband and daughter.

Her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians, was shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize 2016.

It tells the story of an eighteen-year-old Irish girl who arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. The Lesser Bohemians is her story and their story.

It is about sexual passion, and about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.