Louise O'Neill. Photo by Miki Barlok.

Louise O’Neill to speak at University of Limerick

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 Tags: University of Limerick, UL, One Campus One Book, Louise O'Neill,

Multi award-winning author Louise O’Neill will discuss her second novel Asking For It at a public event in University of Limerick (UL) on March 1.

Ms O’Neill will read a short passage from the novel, which won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015, and will engage in a discussion about it with the audience.

Asking for It has been chosen by the Regional Writing Centre (RWC) as this year’s title in the UL One Campus, One Book initiative, which encourages students and staff to read the same novel and talk to one another about it.

RWC Co-Director Lawrence Cleary explains why the book was chosen: “The issue of consent addressed in the novel is relevant to everyone, regardless of age. The novel is written to be digested easily, but at times hits you right in the gut. This makes Asking For It the perfect type of novel to discuss at this event.”

Attendees should expect “heated debates” according to Ms O’Neill, whose novel tackles rape culture in Ireland through the story of an 18-year-old girl.

“It's such a huge honour that Asking For It has been chosen for UL's One Campus, One Book initiative. The university campus is too often a battleground when it comes to issues around sexual consent and it is truly heartening to see UL choose a novel that attempts to address some of these issues,” Ms O'Neill says.

The UL One Campus, One Book discussion with Louise O’Neill will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4.30pm in Kemmy Business School, UL (KBG12). The event is open to the public but booking is required by email to writingcentre@ul.ie.

As well as working on her third novel, Ms O’Neill is a freelance journalist with a variety of Irish national newspapers and magazines.

Ms O’Neill will also take part in a second UL event titled How I Write, Ireland on April 5, focusing on her writing processes and strategies.

According to Mr Cleary, who will interview Ms O’Neill at the How I Write, Ireland event: “It will be interesting to see how writing for her newspaper column, or blog, or tweets informs Louise’s approach to her novel-writing.”