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I have three events on the calendar right now.   On Culture Night, Friday September 23rd, I will feature at the event Words in Motion with six other Cork writers and poets. Details here.    As part of Words by Water: The Kinsale Literary Festival on Friday September 30th I will feature with Catherine Kirwan and Gráinne McGuinness at a crime writer event in the Lord Kingsale Pub in Kinsale. Details here.   I’m delighted to be part of the Dingle Literary Festival this year. My event takes place on Sunday November 20th at 1pm. Details here  

Review of The Game in Tuairisc

A lovely review of The Game as Gaeilge in Tuairisc, a news service in Irish for the Irish speaking community in Ireland and abroad. Bridget Bhreathnach wrote: ‘Saol rúndiamhair é saol an spóirt domsa ar go leor bealaí. Tuigim an áilleacht, tuigim an díograis, tuigim an chomrádaíocht, tuigim fiú tarraingt na hiomaíochta. Ina dhiaidh sin féin, tá go leor gnéithe de shaol an spóirt a chuireann as dom. Ní thuigim cén fáth go bhfuil níos mó meas ar spórt na bhfear ná spórt na mban, ná cén fáth go mbíonn daoine in aighneas lena chéile mar gheall ar chluiche amháin nó eile.  Déanann Coakley machnamh ar chuid de na ceisteanna seo sna haistí chomh maith le machnamh ar ghnéithe áille spreagúla an spóirt. Tá cur chuige tuisceanach, pearsanta, umhal aige sna haistí, cuid acu ar nós ‘Kisses’ agus ‘Miracles’ a tharraingeodh deoir as cloch eibhir.’ As Béarla: ‘The world of sport is a world of

Spike Island Literary Festival

I’m delighted to be part of the inaugural Spike Island Literary Festival which takes place on September 2-4, 2022. I’m part of a reading on the island with fellow crime-writers Amy Cronin and Catherine Kirwan on Saturday September 3rd. You can order tickets here.  Here’s the full line-up.  

Review in An Cosantóir

I was delighted with the review of The Game in An Cosantóir, the magazine of the Defence Forces of Ireland by Ruairí de Barra. He wrote: ‘[Sport] can be passionate and tribal; joyous and devastating; the essential trivial pursued with all-consuming intensity. This unmissable work explores it all. It truly isn’t often these days you read a work which is so thoughtfully written, it can move one to tears. Entertaining, honest, and thoughtful writing which lingers with you in the days after and makes it one you will always remember. The Game is such a book.’  

Team-Talk, a Heritage Week Event

I was delighted to be part of Heritage Week 2022 thanks to Cork City Libraries. The event Team-Talk featured myself and Eimear Ryan, the author of Holding her Breath among many achievements. It was moderated brilliantly by Jordan McCarthy of Cork City Libraries and was really well attended. Some photos.

Mallow Arts Festival Event

I was delighted to feature in the Mallow Arts Festival 2022. I did a reading from The Game and signed books in Phillip’s Bookshop, Mallow. Some photos here:

The Game on Summer Read Lists

The Game has been included on two Summer Read lists. In The Irish Times: From summer love to abject terror: The books to read on holidays this year Fiction and history, Irish and international … a feast of reading for summer 2022 Click here to read.    Seeking a summer read? Critics and authors pick the best books of 2022 so far. Reading recommendations from Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Fintan O’Toole and many more. Click here to read.   An Post published their Top 5 Summer Reads with help from Kenny’s Bookshop, Galway and The Game was included along with some stunning new Irish books.  Here they are:

The West Cork Literary Festival

I was thrilled to feature at the West Cork Literary Festival of 2022. My event with Ashley Hickson-Lovence (the author of the stunning novel Your Show) and Ciarán Murphy (of Second Captains and The Irish Times) was great fun and really well-attended. As well as my own event, I moderated two other sessions, the first with the brilliant crimes writers Catherine Kirwan (latest book: Cruel Deeds) and Jane Casey (latest book: The Killing Kind). My third event was at the lovely Bantry House with the novelist Jenifer deBie, whose latest book, Heretic, is out now. Some photos:  

Praise for The Game

I’m so grateful for the generosity of people and for the kind words they have said about The Game. Some of the praise it has received: Donal Ryan: ‘This is a towering work. … The essays ‘Miracles’ and ‘Kisses’ are two of the most beautiful, poignant and heartfelt pieces of writing I’ve ever read. Tadhg is clear-eyed, intelligent, and unrelentingly honest about the darkness that pervades the business of sport and its capacity to arouse our basest instincts … He asks the hardest of questions and delivers unflinchingly honest answers. This is no paean … it is a brilliantly forensic and startlingly objective account of the ways that sport at once transcends, debases and delineates our humanity. Tadhg admits to feeling like an outsider but he is firmly and undeniably in the inner circle of the great sportswriters. And he is clearly, though he’d probably deny it, the truest of sportsmen.’