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IAC | Literature and Humanities
Debut Voices: Colin Barrett (Spring 2015)
in association with A Public Space
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30PM

Donaghy Theatre
Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

(Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Take the C or E train to 50th St (8th Ave); the 1 train to 50th St (Broadway); or the N, R, or Q train to 49th St (7th Ave). Walk west towards 11th Ave. It is roughly a 10 minute walk. A parking garage is located on W. 51st between 10th and 11th Ave.


Our second season of Debut Voices kicks off with a reading from a major new talent in Irish literature, Colin Barrett.

Barrett’s powerful debut collection, Young Skins, is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in contemporary fiction. These six short stories and one explosive novella evoke the youthful lives in a small town in rural Ireland, who make their own fun, live hard, and wear the scars of growing up with a crucible of menace and desire. Set for the most part in the fictional County Mayo town of Glanbeigh during contemporary post-boom Ireland, Young Skins offers an utterly unique reading experience and marks the appearance of an arresting and innovative new voice in Irish writing.

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he completed his MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber and Faber, 2013).

Previous Debut Voices authors include Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing.