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Estelle Birdy Ravelling

Ravelling: A Reading at Kevin Street Library

Author of Ravelling, Estelle Birdy, in conversation with Mia Mullarkey, Filmmaker

Saturday 11 May 3pm

Free, Booking Required: Phone Kevin Street Library 01 222 8488 or email kevinstreetlibrary@dublincity.ie or book in advance in person at Kevin Street Library

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Location Kevin Street Library, 18 Lower Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Ravelling, which won the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair in 2020, is the debut novel by writer and journalist Estelle Birdy. It is the story of one year - Leaving Cert year - in the lives of five friends in a fictional Dublin 8 boys school, located not too far from Kevin Street Library.

Deano, Hamza, Oisín, Benit and Karl deal with pressure from family, local hardmen and lack of funds. All while trying to have the craic and to become the men they want to be.

Estelle Birdy and Ravelling were recently selected for the European Commission and European Writers Council Day of European Authors to work with Synge Street CBS, Dublin 8 on an EU initiative to get younger people reading. Ravelling has been optioned for a major TV series by Sleeper Films.

The event will involve a short reading from the novel and a casual conversation about the importance of place, character and dialect in fiction.

The author, who grew up in Dundalk, has been living in Dublin 8, on the edge of the Liberties since her teens. She is a journalist, book critic, writer, poet, yoga teacher and mother of four who was lucky enough to land in Dublin 8 and never wants to leave. Estelle's work has been published in literary journals and has won or been shortlisted for various awards. She is an Arts Council Peer Panellist, an Irish Book Awards Panellist and a preliminary judge for the RTE Francis MacManus Shor Story Award.

A filmmaker who was named as one of Screen International’s 2023 Rising Stars, Mia is an IFTA-nominated director whose short films have screened at festivals including Slamdance, Aesthetica and Palm Springs. Mia is a recipient of the Discovery Award from Dublin International Film Festival, and she won Gold at the 2023 YDA’s, Cannes Lions. She directed the short documentaries THROWLINE, FEATS OF MODEST VALOUR, and MOTHER & BABY and the short dramas THE PASSION and SAFE AS HOUSES, which she is developing into a TV series with Screen Ireland. Most recently Mia directed Season 2 of the TG4 music series CUMASC, and the TV pilot WRAPPED with Screen Ireland and RTÉ. She is currently developing a TV series adaptation of Estelle Birdy's RAVELLING with Sleeper Films.

Saturday 11 May 3pm

Free, Booking Required: Phone Kevin Street Library 01 222 8488 or email kevinstreetlibrary@dublincity.ie or book in advance in person at Kevin Street Library

Pre-book

Phoenix Park deer illustration John Rooney