Niall Williams, a Dublin born writer, has lived in Kiltumper, Co Clare in the west of Ireland for the past 30 years. He is the author of eight novels (including a Man Booker Long List nomination), three stage plays (one at The Abbey), four non-fiction works, and several screenplays for film and television.
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A number of television and film screenplays are in development, including Four Letters of Love, Niall's first novel, with Polly Steele as director. For further information on film and television rights contact Cathy King.
THIS IS HAPPINESS, Niall's ninth novel, will be published in Sept 2019 with Bloomsbury UK & USA. Further information on translation rights of novels, contact Caroline Michel.
Fiction Writing Workshop
The next Fiction Writing Workshop in Kiltumper is planned for 1-4th May, 2020.
Two writers from previous workshops have written about their experience. Read Alana Kirk's wonderful piece about participating in Niall's workshop... and
Aoife Fitzgerald's equally wonderful piece that she wrote for BooksIreland.
For more information about the workshop: Contact. Further testimonials here.
HISTORY OF THE RAIN, published by Bloomsbury, was long-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2014.
It has been translated into many languages. Here are just a few of the reviews...
"Intense and poetic, it [Four Letters of Love] was an international bestseller and set the tone for his subsequent novels — fatalistic, lyrical works firmly embedded in the landscape of rural Ireland. Williams's latest, the Man-Booker-longlisted History of the Rain, is no exception. ...the story is pure eccentric entertainment." — Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
"...History of the Rain has the heft of a bigger book, that extra brainy oomph that flatters the juries of lit comps and nailed it a place on this year's Man Booker longlist. This is not boil-in-the-bag Irish stew, it is your rich, slow-simmered casserole of a novel, and Williams has the confidence to give his themes the time that they need to develop... Two recurring image patterns underlie the whole book, flowing and soaring. Water and air, united in and by the rain. The river, the ceaseless eddying course of life, swollen by each new rivulet of rain off the boggy acres of the Swains's riverside fields, is counterbalanced by the urge to soar — the pole-vaulting grandfather Abraham, the salmon leaping upstream, the leap of the poet's heart when the words start to flow. I could go on ... It's a satisfying entertainment for all." — Angus Clarke The Times (Saturday Review)
"Booker-longlisted for this deeply allusive, infectiously hopeful work, Dublin-born Niall Williams returns to Ireland, the setting of much of his earlier fiction, for a glorious celebration of its storytelling tradition. ... In a beautifully executed ending, Williams weaves together fertile metaphors ... to sweep the reader joyfully along. History of the Rain is a fresh and powerful reminder that: "We tell stories to heal the pain of living."" — Francesca Wade The Daily Telegraph
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HISTORY OF THE RAIN was chosen as a BBC RADIO BOOK AT BEDTIME and RTE Radio 1 BOOK AT BEDTIME.