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Conversations with Friends and How to be Human – Debut Panel

Sunday 2 April 2017

1 Hour


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Two debut novelists exciting the literary world, Sally Rooney and Paula Cocozza, join forces to discuss their works.

Rooney’s Conversations with Friends is a story of high-risk relationships, youth and love set in Dublin and Provence.  It follows 21-year-old aspiring writer Frances who finds herself embroiled in a ménage à quatre. Rooney was born in Ireland and graduated with an MA at Trinity College, Dublin. Her work has appeared in Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry’s Stonecutter and The Winter Pages anthology.

Cocozza’s How to be Human is a disturbing look at obsession and loneliness, which blurs the line between sanity and safety. It follows the character Mary who comes face-to-face with a fox on her lawn. The fox makes itself at home and it listens to Mary and she listens back. Cocozza is a feature writer at the Guardian and a graduate of the MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

Here they talk to Nick Clark, former arts correspondent of The Independent.