6th November 4pm Western Hotel
20th April 4pm King's Head, Cúirt Festival-Postponed
1st March 6.30pm Launch of Crannog - Crane Bar, Galway
17th November Dublin Book Festival
30th September Bray Literary Festival
21st September Charlie Byrnes, Galway
3rd June 4pm Inish Island Conversations, Inishbofin
5th May - 6pm Black Gate, Galway- Launch of anthology 'Autonomy'
10th May 7pm Athenry Library, Athenry- Beltaine Festival
19th April 6.30pm Town Hall Theatre, Galway - Launch of 'Marina'
27th April 1pm Town Hall Theatre- 'Young, Irish, Displaced.'
8th March Irish Writer's Centre, WomenXBorders
15th March Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith- A Novel Affair
Aoibheann is originally from Donegal. She now lives in Galway where she performs, and writes fiction, non-fiction and the occasional poem. Her short stories have been published in The Stinging Fly, Crannog, The Incubator and other literary journals in Ireland, UK, Italy & USA. Her work has been anthologised by Pankhurst Press (UK), New Binary Press, Arlen House, Doire and Prospero (Italy). Her short stories have been longlisted for Colm Toibin 2019, shortlisted for Words on Waves 2015, Sunday Business Post/ Penguin Ireland 2018, Cúirt New Writing 2019, Wild Atlantic Words 2020, Benedict Kiely 2022 , and came second in the Maria Edgeworth and Dalkey Creates 2019. She was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency by Galway City Council in 2018. She co-writes, produces, directs and acts in chart topping comedy Retreat! Aoibheann is currently working on her first collection of short fiction and a second series of Retreat.
The novel follows the narrator, Marina, from infancy through a troubled childhood and the forging of a lifelong friendship with someone as lost as herself. The story of the heroine’s mental struggles, her musical talent, her escape to London, her offbeat boyfriend, her sojourn in suburbia and eventual return to Ireland builds to a shocking crescendo.
“Knowing and mysterious, funny and heartbreaking. Best of all though this is a genuine original, a singular enchantment.”
Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones
“Rich in insights and wry humour, the novel explores what it is to be isolated, lost, and stranded between worlds. Aoibheann McCann writes exquisitely of the magnetic pull of sea and water, and the yearning to belong.”
Danielle McLaughlin, author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets
“Marina is that oh-so-rare novelistic thing – an ideal blend of luminous prose and read-on storytelling. A wonderful gift of a first novel.”
Alan McMonagle, author of Ithaca
LINKS TO Aoibheann's WORK