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NCH Talks: An Audience with Elizabeth Day 13th March 8pm

Growing up, bestselling author, broadcaster and host of the hit podcast How To Fail, Elizabeth Day, wanted to make everyone like her. Lacking friends at school, she grew up to believe that quantity equalled quality. Having lots of friends meant you were loved, popular and safe. She was determined to become a Good Friend. And, in many ways, she did.
Then, when a global pandemic hit in 2020, she was one of thousands of people forced to reassess what friendship really meant to them. With the crisis came a dawning realisation: her truest friends were not the ones she had been spending most time with. Why was this? Could she rebalance it? Was there such thing as…too many friends? And was she the friend she thought she was?

In conversation with a special guest host Louise O’Neill, Elizabeth will unpick the significance and evolution of friendship to celebrate the paperback publication of her Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling book Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict. From ghosting to frenemies, to social media and communication styles, to the impact of seismic life events, no stone will be unturned as they explore friendships of all shapes and sizes.

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NCH Talks: Armistead Maupin 20th March 8pm

Bestselling, much-loved author and LGBT activist, Armistead Maupin, is heading back out on the road to celebrate the long-awaited tenth novel in the Tales of the City series – Mona of the Manor.
Maupin has been blazing a trail through US popular culture since the1970’s, when his iconic and ground-breaking series Tales of the City was first published as a column in The San Francisco Chronicle. The novel series has been taking the literary world by storm ever since and was recently adapted by Netflix into a critically acclaimed series, starring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Elliot Page.

Don’t miss the chance to join America’s ultimate storyteller in conversation with Rory O’Neill, as he recounts his favourite tales from the past four decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit.

Patrick GaleTrudie Gorman ‘Trust the Damage
Book Launch
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Wednesday 27th March 6.30pm until 7.30pm

In Trust the Damage, her deeply intimate debut poetry collection, Trudie Gorman explores the connection between class, poverty, and illness. Journeying from a council estate in the 90s to the fractured ecosystem of the present day, she contends with the grief of losing her body to illness, whilst also finding hope and connection.
The body in all of its morphisms is the main character here, while memory, legacy, violence against women, healthcare, working-class culture and love ripple through the collection in vibrant coexistence. The poems are at once visceral and unflinching in their depictions, yet always stretch towards the light, capturing what it means for a life to bloom in the dark.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick GaleTanja Maljartschuk ‘Forgottenness
Book Launch

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 7th March 2024 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Two tales intertwined in a profound double portrait, Forgottenness painstakingly traces parallels between the historical and the contemporary, the collective and the individual, between the  stories of two people born on the same day, a century apart.
The narrator, a writer grappling with her growing anxiety and obsessive thoughts, becomes fixated on Viacheslav Lypynskyi (1882–1931), a once-significant figure in the struggle for Ukrainian independence who has since fallen into oblivion, into the gaping mouth of Time.
As she plunges into her nation’s history to come to terms with her own, we slowly uncover the complex relationship between time, memory and identity to confront the question – what does it mean to remember?
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Paula Guidea ‘Want
Book Launch

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 29th February 2024 6.30pm until 7.30pm

In the heat of a summer break in Dublin, Darcy, a university student in her final year, navigates a world steeped in the complexities of woke culture. As her peers immerse themselves in the fervour of social justice and activism, Darcy grapples with the pressure to conform, feeling like an outsider in her own life. Behind closed doors, Darcy bears the weight of a secret world. She is the silent guardian of her grandmother, a woman lost to the clutches of dementia. In the shadows of her responsibilities, Darcy conceals the haunting tragedy of losing her parents in a devastating accident, shielding herself from the pitying glances of her friends. Amidst the societal expectations and her hidden burdens, Darcy seeks solace in the embrace of someone unexpected during moments of vulnerability. However, the truth remains elusive as she wrestles with the intricacies of her own desires, morals and confusion. At the heart of Darcy’s journey is Jessica, an ex-lover whose presence looms large, a constant reminder of the crux moments that shaped her past. Their tangled history serves as a mirror reflecting Darcy’s inner struggles, forcing her to confront the layers of deception she has woven to protect herself. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Doreen Cunningham & Alice Kinsella
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 13th April 2023 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Join us in our Temple Bar bookshop for this special evening with two brilliant authors in conversation to discuss their new books.

Alice Kinsella was in her mid-twenties when she became pregnant with her first child, newly engaged and about to embark on a life in an unfamiliar town on the west coast of Ireland. Into this warm cocoon, this big, empty house, would arrive a little baby. And soon Alice’s world began to expand and contract in ways she could never have imagined. Set against the backdrop of a seemingly changed Ireland, in Milk Alice draws for us her own map of motherhood, a crucial reflection spanning nine months of pregnancy and the first nine months of her child’s life. Intimate, warm, startlingly vivid and gentle, this is at once a delicate reflection on a moment of gigantic change in body and mind and a powerful, often painful confrontation of the politics of a country so deeply unsure about its women.

Doreen Cunningham first visited Alaska as a young journalist reporting on climate change among indigenous whaling communities. There, drawn deeply into an Inupiaq family, she joined the bowhead whale hunt, watching for polar bears under the never-ending light. Years later, now a single mother living in a hostel, Doreen embarks on this extraordinary journey: following the grey whale migration back to the Arctic, where greys and bowheads meet at the melting apex of our planet. ‘Soundings got under my skin. I finished it in tears’ AMY LIPTROT. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Book Launch for Cacophony of Bone by Kerri ní Dochartaigh
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Tuesday 2nd May 6.30pm until 8pm

Join us in our Temple Bar bookshop for the launch of Kerri ní Dochartaigh’s brilliant new memoir ‘Cacophony of Bone’. Two days after the Winter Solstice in 2019 Kerri and her partner M moved to a small, remote railway cottage in the heart of Ireland. They were looking for a home, somewhere to stay put. What followed was a year of many changes. The pandemic arrived and their isolated home became a place of enforced isolation. It was to be a year unlike any we had seen before. But the seasons still turned, the swallows came at their allotted time, the rhythms of the natural world went on unchecked. For Kerri there was to be one more change, a longed-for but unhoped for change. Cacophony of Bone maps the circle of a year – a journey from one place to another, field notes of a life – from one winter to the next. It is a telling of a changed life, in a changed world – and it is about all that does not change. All that which simply keeps on – living and breathing, nesting and dying – in spite of it all. When the pandemic came time seemed to shapeshift, so this is also a book about time. It is, too, a book about home, and what that can mean. Fragmentary in subject and form, fluid of language, this is an ode to a year, a place, and a love, that changed a life. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

We are delighted to be working with Sophie White to launch her new novel “My Hot Friend” at a very special evening at The Bernard Shaw in Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Sophie will be joined by special guests Louise McSharry and Emer McLysaght on the night and they’ll be discussing Sophie’s brand-new novel “My Hot Friend” in what is sure to be a fun and uproarious evening. Your ticket includes a copy of “My Hot Friend” and there will be an opportunity to get it signed by Sophie on the night.

MOTHER OF POD LIVE! To mark the launch of Sophie’s new book, My Hot Friend, Jen and Soph are dusting off their fallopian tubes and doing their first MOP live in four years! On stage they’ll be covering it all, from snack corner to crotch corner and everything in between, as well as a highly interactive game of chat roulette! Your ticket includes a copy of “My Hot Friend” and there will be an opportunity to get it signed by Sophie on the night.


Irish Book Week : Book Signing with Oliver Jeffers
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Date: Friday 21st October 2022 at 4pm
Join us in The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar for a book signing with a very special guest – Oliver Jeffers! ‘Meanwhile Back On Earth’ is a captivating new companion to international bestsellers ‘Here We Are’ and ‘What We’ll Build‘. A father takes his two children on a thrilling out-of-this-world adventure into space and invites them to look back at Earth and the conflicts that have taken place since the beginning of time. This becomes a brief history of the world and a whistle-stop guide to the universe, all rolled into one – and told with Oliver Jeffers’s inimitable perspective, wit and exquisite artwork. Meanwhile Back on Earth gives a unique look at life on Earth with a cosmic perspective – and an enduring message that what binds us together matters more than what sets us apart. A timely story for families everywhere. This Book Signing is Free and Everyone is Welcome to come along!

Irish Launch for ‘The Free’ by Willy Vlautin

Venue: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Tuesday 28th January – 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to welcome Willy Vlautin, bestselling author of critically-acclaimed novel ‘Lean on Pete’ as well as ‘The Motel Life’ and ‘Northline’ to The Gutter Bookshop for the Irish launch of his new book ‘The Free.’ Willy will read from ‘The Free’ as well as discussing his work with Roddy Doyle who will also officially launch the book. Free and Everyone Welcome.

Writers at Smock Alley: John Connolly with music from Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell

Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Thursday 20th March – 6.30pm until 8pm
To celebrate the launch of the new Charlie Parker thriller, John Connolly will be joined by musicians Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell in what promises to be a unique and thrilling evening. This event is free but ticketed. Free tickets are available from the Smock Alley Theatre or The Gutter Bookshop. Online bookings are subject to a €1 admin fee.

Dublin Writers Festival ‘Off The Page’ – Emma Donoghue at The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Venue: The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Date: Saturday 29th March – 2.30pm until 4pm
We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author of ‘Room’, Emma Donoghue back to Dublin to discuss her new novel ‘Frog Music’ the story of Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in the stifling summer of 1876. Tickets available from

Dublin Writers Festival ‘Off The Page’ presents Anita Shreve

Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Wednesday 2nd April – 7.30pm
We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author Anita Shreve to the Smock Alley Theatre. In this special DWF 2014 preview, Shreve makes a rare appearance in Ireland to talk about her life, her work, and her latest novel, ‘ The Lives of Stella Bain’. Tickets available from

Book Launch for ‘The Closet of Savage Mementos’ by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Venue: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Tuesday 15th April – 6.30pm until 8pm
Lillis leaves behind 1990s Dublin for a summer job working at a lodge in a small lochside village in the Scottish Highlands. The Closet of Savage Mementos is drawn directly from the author’s own experiences and explores heartbreak, loss, motherhood and adoption in a gripping narrative and the same expressive, emotive and exciting prose we have come to expect of Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Free and All Welcome.

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