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Sunday May 26 at 12pm Noon on Zoom

Novelist Emer Martin on her new novel Thirsty Ghosts

The ILHS is very pleased to present novelist Emer Martin for a talk on her newest work Thirsty Ghosts Sunday May 26 at 12pm noon on Zoom.

This meeting will be held on Zoom on Sunday May 26, 2024 at 12pm noon. Please see the link below.

Emer Martin’s is a radical, vital voice in Irish writing, as she challenges the history of silence, institutional lies, evasion and the mistreatment of women across mid-to-late twentieth-century Ireland.

Two families inhabit this immersive polyvocal work, an intergenerational saga announced with The Cruelty Men (2018) and continued here as punk rockers and Magdalene laundries spiral into a post-colonial Ireland still haunted by its tribal undertow. Scenes surface from Ireland’s mythological past, Tudor plantations, workhouses and industrial schools, the Troubles laid bare, the transformative pre-digital decades playing out in this propulsive narrative. Thirsty Ghosts is epic in scope while intimate in focus.


‘To say Emer Martin’s fifth novel is epic would be an understatement. With the literary flair and love of language to match its ambition, it is breathtaking in its scope … The writing and the tangled, intergenerational stories flow beautifully. Each sentence, each word is in service of the tragically comic, the wonderfully epic story of Ireland.’

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Meeting ID: 817 9882 7819