CQAF and Ulster Presents welcomes Annie Macmanus to the festival to talk about her writing and her career in music and broadcasting.

Hosted by Shauna McLaughlin.

A dynamic and enthusiastic speaker, Annie will discuss the journey she’s undertaken from discussing other people’s stories to telling her own.

Annie Macmanus is an internationally renowned broadcaster, author, DJ, events curator and more.Her debut Sunday Times Bestseller novel Mother Mother was released in paperback this March to critical acclaim and her writing has featured in the Guardian, Irish Times and the Independent and regularly publishes articles via her own blog. She produces her own podcast, ‘Changes with Annie Macmanus’, where she chats to writers, artists and fascinating people from all walks of life about changes they’ve faced. Annie is a key music industry figure championing female and LGBTQ+ artists and advocating for positive, inclusive change.

‘Captures a time and a place with heart and irresistible momentum in a prose that can be bracingly lyrical.’

‘The writing is so vivid – I could almost feel Orla’s hangover, and everyone else’s too. [Macmanus has] created a great gang of characters, and a great variety too, all of them very human... And London – what [she’s] managed to do with London, and what London means to different generations of Irish people – is terrific, and deeply moving.’RODDY DOYLE

‘Orla is written with unsentimental authenticity... It is her flaws, her vulnerability and her complexity that make her such a compelling character that will resonate with anyone who has ever left home in search of themselves... Orla is searching for a voice in the noise – Macmanus articulates that hunger with confidence and compassion.’

Tickets £12.00
Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating
Event starts at 8:00pm

Lecture Theatre 1: BC-LG-211