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Reading by Hugo Hamilton

 Hugo Hamilton


Hugo Hamilton (Author of The Speckled People)

Date/Venue: 20 September 2019, KB118, 11am

Reading: Dublin Palms (2019)


The palm trees give the street a holiday atmosphere. There must be something in the soil they like. They have straight leaves that get a bit ragged, with split ends. At night you hear them rattling in the wind. The narrator of Dublin Palms has returned to Dublin to set up home with his partner Helen and their two children. Their lives are filled with optimism, but also a sense of dislocation. Overshadowed by the Troubles in the North, their family enterprise begins to come apart. As the creditors line up to be paid, they must consider leaving everything behind. What will they gain when they stand to lose all? In this spectacular novel from the author of The Speckled People, a family tries to hold on in a falling world. It is a powerful story of fragmentation and belonging, of emigrants and people returning home. 



Hugo Hamilton is the best-known Irish-German writer. His memoir Speckled People (2003) (about his childhood growing up in a family with a German mother and an Irish nationalist father) has been a huge success and was translated into many languages. His new novel Dublin Palms (2019), already highly critically acclaimed, is in some ways a continuation of his memoir. Hugo has been a guest at the Centre for Irish-German Studies several times and we are delighted to welcome him back. This event is supported by the School of English, Irish and Communication, UL.


For inquiries please contact Dr Gisela Holfter, Director Centre for Irish-German Studies, email: