Talks + Events
Wednesday 16 August 2017 | 6.30pm
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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is delighted to present a reading by Gavin Corbett and Claire-Louise Bennett. The writers will be introduced by Susan Tomaselli, founder and editor of gorse journal.
These two outstanding writers have been commissioned by TBG+S in an experimental programme that aims to support different kinds of writing about art. Gavin Corbett is TBG+S’ third commissioned writer. Claire-Louise Bennett was the commissioned writer in 2016 and Sara Baume in 2015. For this programme, writers are invited to write short pieces - taking their own tack, fictional or otherwise - in response to the five gallery exhibitions that take place over the course of a year. The writings are published on our website and available in our gallery.
Claire-Louise Bennett and Gavin Corbett are writers of immense talent. They are part of a new generation of Irish writers gaining international recognition for the new-found vitality of their writing - pushing boundaries in contemporary, experimental fiction. Claire-Louise Bennett has been praised for her ambitious, imaginative and innovative prose. Jial Tolento of the New Yorker praised her debut Pond, calling it ‘a work of fiction that will make you feel pleasantly insane’. Matthew Adams, of the Guardian, called Gavin Corbett ‘one of the most inventive and beguiling writers of contemporary fiction’. The Irish Times, in praise of his latest novel, Green Glowing Skull, called it ‘a blizzard of imaginative energy… prose sings on every page - while it slips its strangeness in.’
Gavin Corbett is from Dublin. He has published three novels: Innocence (2003), This Is The Way (2013) and Green Glowing Skull (2015). This Is The Way won the 2013 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year award and was shortlisted for the Encore Prize. He has been published widely as a journalist, and has written and broadcast for RTÉ Radio. Last year, he was Trinity College Dublin’s Arts Council Irish Writer Fellow.
Claire-Louise Bennett is the author of Pond, published by The Stinging Fly in 2015. Her short fiction and essays have been included in many publications, including The White Review, Frieze Masters, Harper's, The New York Times, Winter Papers and gorse. Her debut Pond – a collection of twenty stories - tracing a woman’s life in solitude, received high critical acclaim.
Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of gorse, a thrice-yearly print journal interested in the potential of literature and in exploring the art of words. A sister publishing house, Gorse Editions, was launched in 2017. She is formerly an editor at 3:AM Press, and co-editor of 3:AM Magazine. She has written for the Guardian, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere.
TBG+S is grateful to gorse and its editor Susan Tomaselli for her input and guidance to TBG+S’s commissioned writers’ programme.