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'Orchid and the Wasp' by Caoilinn Hughes

Nuit de la littérature

  • Saturday 29 May 2021, from 6pm onwards
  • Saturday 29 May 2021, from 6pm onwards (readings broadcast every 20 mins)

    In English and French

Described by the New Yorker as a ‘winning début novel’, Caoilinn Hughes’ Orchid and the Wasp has been chosen by the CCI to represent Ireland in FICEP’s annual Nuit de la Littérature. On-line again this year, you will be able to hear readings from the book in both English and French by the author herself and by Franco-Irish actress Kelly Rivière. Set in Dublin, London and New York, Orchid and the Wasp introduces us to Gael, a woman both brave and intelligent, ruthless and unforgiving, as she negotiates the different facets of her life… and in so doing,

« Hughes casts her unique gaze, her artistic, analytical and emotional intelligence, on us, not just in Ireland, but our capitalist world and the personal, political and social ramifications implicit in our acquiescence to, or indeed, championing of, its values. » (The Irish Times)

Caoilinn Hughes will answer a number of questions at the end of her reading.

Check out the full international programme of Nuit de la Littérature which is organised by the Forum des Instituts Culturels Etrangers à Paris: