Danny Denton - All Along the Echo | 4th May @7pm
FIRST VOICE: Why are we listening?
SECOND VOICE: I dunno, I mean, what else is there to do?
Tony Cooney, a middle-aged radio talk-show host, takes a road trip across Ireland with his producer, Louise (Lou) Fitzpatrick, as part of a publicity stunt organized by a local car dealership. Their aim is to give away their Mazda C3 to one lucky winner, the catch being that it must go to one of the many emigrants who have recently returned home to escape a wave of escalating terror attacks in London. But as they navigate dual-carriageways and Holiday Inns, giving airtime and narrative to the great cacophony of voices calling into the show, the car competition transforms into a surreal quest - Tony to find his first love, Lou to find the answer of what she wants from life, the airwaves to capture and hold the full noise of human experience.
Danny Denton is an Irish novelist and lecturer in creative writing at University College Cork. His first novel, The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow, was published by Granta Books in 2018, and nominated for 'Newcomer of the Year' at the Irish Book Awards. Among other publications, Denton's work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Granta, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review, The Guardian, Irish Times, and Big Issue.
He'll be joined in conversation with Chris McQueer, Chris is a writer from Glasgow. He has written two collections of short stories, Hings & HWFG, the first of which was adapted into a BBC Scotland series and won the Herald Arts & Culture Award for outstanding literature in 2019. He is currently working on his first novel.