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Lecture & Reading by Louise Kennedy

November 10, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Award-winning writer Louise Kennedy presents “Trespasses: Fact, Fiction and Memory,” a lecture based on her bestselling novel Trespasses, which won the British Book Awards Debut Novel of the Year, the An Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and the McKitterick Prize. Kennedy will read from the book and examine her use of news reports, family lore and her own childhood memories in creating a fictional account of ordinary lives blighted by sectarian and class conflict.

Kennedy will be introduced by Visiting Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor in Irish Letters Fintan O’Toole.

Part of the fall 2023 Fund for Irish Studies lecture series.

About Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy stands near a grey stone wall. She smiles, with dark grey-brown hair, and she wears a black sweater.
Photo courtesy Louise Kennedy

Kennedy grew up a few miles from Belfast. She holds a PhD from Queens University Belfast, where she was an inaugural Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellow in 2021. Her short story collection, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac, won the John McGahern Prize and will be published in the U.S. in December 2023. Her novel, Trespasses, was a number one bestseller in 2022 in the U.K. and won the British Book Awards Debut Novel of the Year, the An Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and the McKitterick Prize, and it was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. Before starting her writing career, she spent almost thirty years working as a chef. She lives in Sligo, Ireland.

Tickets & Details

The lecture is free and open to the public. No advance tickets or registration required.


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November 10, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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James Stewart Film Theater
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States