13 June, Belfast Book Festival

BBF16: Rob Doyle & Frankie Gaffney With Paul McVeigh

Belfast Book Festival at Crescent Arts Centre. Monday 13th June 7pm. Tickets £6 / £4

Dublin Seven is the gritty, violent, sometimes raunchy story of eighteen-year-old Shane, coming up as a small-time coke dealer in Dublin. Having just left school and keen to assert his independence, Shane loses himself in the tail end of Celtic Tiger nightlife.

Soon, Shane’s life is drugs, dance music, gangsters – and a beautiful girlfriend. But as the Celtic Tiger limps out of sight, so does Shane’s luck. An explosive cross between Trainspotting and Love/Hate.

Frankie Gaffney came of age in Dublin’s North Inner City. His father spent time in prison, and he was himself immersed in the city’s underworld. In his mid-twenties he left this behind and went to Trinity College Dublin, where he studied English Literature.

A young man roams a Dublin industrial park where he meets a strange vagrant in the grip of a dangerous ideology. A woman fleeing a break-up finds herself taking part in an unusual sleep experiment. A man obsessed with Nietzsche clings desperately to his girlfriend’s red shoes.

Layering narratives and splicing fiction with non-fiction, This is the Ritual tells of the ecstatic, the desperate and the uncertain.

Rob Doyle’s widely acclaimed first novel, Here Are the Young Men, was published in 2014 by Bloomsbury and the Lilliput Press. It was chosen as a book of the year by the Irish Times, Independent, Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post, and was shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category for the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.