Naoise Dolan in Conversation with Olivia Sudjic
July 8, 2020 @ 20:00 – 21:30 UTC
Join us as we welcome Naoise Dolan to discuss her debut novel, Exciting Times, with Olivia Sudjic. The conversation will be streaming via Instagram Live.
Clever, deadpan and emotionally aware, this debut novel is told from the perspective of Ava, a nihilistic young Dubliner forging a new life in Hong Kong. Aware of the bad choices she makes, she watches herself do so with a sardonic eye and witty self reflection. Dolan writes astutely on the intricacies of power dynamics, social media interactions, gendered behaviours and class indicators, and delves deeper to portray the human struggle of either shoring oneself up for self protection, or risking being open to love. We watch Ava’s two relationships unfold- one practical and familiar in its dysfunction and one that terrifies her with its strength of feeling. Dolan excels at intimate narrative devices such as contrasting Ava’s outwardly closed off demeanour with the vulnerable text messages that she doesn’t dare to send, making us compelled to read on, willing Ava to choose love.
Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. She studied at Trinity College, followed by a master’s in Victorian literature at Oxford. Her writing has featured in The Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly.
Olivia Sudjic is a writer living in London. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, Financial Times, Guardian, Vogue and Wired. She is the author of Sympathy, her 2017 debut novel which was a finalist for the Salerno European Book Award, the Collyer Bristow Prize and translated into numerous languages, and Exposure, a personal essay exploring anxiety and autofiction, named an Irish Times, Evening Standard and White Review Book of the Year for 2018. Her second novel, Asylum Road and an essay collection, Desire Lines, are forthcoming from Bloomsbury.