Alannah Hopkin

Writer and journalist

New short story collection
or read some of my recent reviews

Writing

You can find more information about my published fiction on the Books page.

Book reviews and journalism

Gerald MacSweeney Irishwoman’s Diary

Robert Gibbings Irishwoman’s Diary

John Calder’s birthday Irishwoman’s Diary

[Several Irish Examiner reviews, they are no longer put up on their website, so no links, PDFs to be made.]

Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany (New Island) https://www.newisland.ie/nonfiction/miscellany-50-fifty-years-of-sunday-miscellany

White – shortlisted for the RTE Francis McManus short story prize 2014. Read by Angela Harding
https://www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/generic/2014/0709/629559-winning-stories-and-shortlist-2014/

Alannah

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Alannah Hopkin is a writer based in southwest Ireland. She is this year’s Frank O’Connor International Fellow and will be teaching on the M.A. in Creative Writing at University College, Cork. Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others, and been short-listed for the RTE Short Story Award. She has worked as a freelance journalist mainly in arts and travel, and as an art critic and book reviewer. She has published two novels with Hamish Hamilton (London) and her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place. She regularly hosts events for the Cork International Short Story Festival, the West Cork Literary Festival and Words by Water in her hometown, Kinsale. In 2019 she was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin, researching her latest book. ‘A Very Strange Man’: A Memoir of Aidan Higgins is due from New Island in Spring, 2021.

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Represented by The Jonathan Williams Literary Agency.

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Books

I write books and short stories. My books are available from Amazon and from Dalkey Island Press.

Books

Events

CORK INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY FESTIVAL
Online Festival available worldwide, October 6-10, 2020
(Irish time = GMT+1)
http://www.corkshortstory.net/programme.html
At 7pm on Tuesday 6 October, I will be reading from my own work in an event hosted by Sarah Byrne and also featuring Cathy Sweeney.
At 9pm on Friday 9 October I will be in conversation with American writers Bret Anthony Johnston and Ron Rash.
€5, book in advance
At 7pm on Tuesday 6 October, I will be reading from my own work in an event hosted by Sarah Byrne and also featuring Cathy Sweeney.
At 9pm on Friday 9 October I will be in conversation with American writers Bret Anthony Johnston and Ron Rash.
€5, book in advance

Interviewing Sara Maitland at the Cork International Short Story Festival 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu5sgrw7jwc

Interviewing William Wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEqThIAfkTc

With Carlo Gébler, reading from The Dogs of Inishere at Cork International Short Story Festival 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRETwb55-sg

Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany (New Island) https://www.newisland.ie/nonfiction/miscellany-50-fifty-years-of-sunday-miscellany
Listen to me reading from Sunday Miscellany (the following audio is courtesy of RTÉ Libraries and Archive) here:

(click just to the left of the timestamp if it won’t play)

Artwork front cover for book The Dogs of InishereThe Dogs of Inishere, a collection of the best of my stories from the past thirty years, will be published in Europe and the US on 21 April, 2017. This marks a welcome return to fiction writing after a long gap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Ireland
I am on the panel for Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools. I normally work with Transition Year students and fifth and sixth year. Bookings, which are part-funded by Poetry Ireland, must be made well in advance through their website. http://www.poetryireland.ie/education/writers-in-schools.html. Find out more about my workshop work.

Sunday Miscellany
Listen to me reading from Sunday Miscellany (the following audio is courtesy of RTÉ Libraries and Archive) here:

(click just to the left of the timestamp if it won’t play)

 

Praise

I always welcome the opportunity to work with Alannah for her professionalism, tact, diligence and ability to transform a script. She can see straight to the heart of the matter and is insightful about what is required to turn a script into a publishable prospect.

Paula Elmore, Editor, The Collins Press Guide Books

I have worked with Alannah on several Insight/Berlitz projects. She is a pleasure to work with and has brought her wide knowledge of the tourism business in Ireland, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, outdoor activities and cultural life, to each project.

Tom Stainer, Senior Editor, Insight Guides/Berlitz Handbooks

Alannah has ably hosted and interviewed John Banville and Kevin Barry, among others. She has an instinct for fielding audience responses and framing them to create an engaged, enjoyable session that really opens up a sense of the books. With a writer’s insight, she creates an atmosphere that gives fresh insight, and a sense of really knowing the authors on stage.

Gemma Tipton, Guest Artistic Director, Kinsale Arts Festival, 2011 and 2012.

I have enjoyed working with Alannah on a number of projects. The Cork World Book Fest has commissioned Alannah to be guest curator for continental European writers in 2014.

Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian.

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