Declan O’Rourke & Flor MacCarthy in Conversation

Declan O’Rourke and Flor MacCarthy in Conversation as part of the Kildare Readers Festival
Tuesday 28th May 7pm Newbridge Library / Free Entry

In 2004 Declan O’Rourke burst onto the scene with his twice-platinum selling debut album,
Since Kyabram. Songs like Galileo and We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea set him apart and
O’Rourke quickly established himself as a writer’s writer. Seven studio albums later,
having toured extensively throughout the USA, Europe and Australia, O’Rourke’s growing
status is one of a significant global artist.

2021 saw O’Rourke’s Arrivals nominated for International Album of the Year by the
Americana Music Association, UK. That same year, kickstarting a second career, Declan’s
literary debut, The Pawnbroker’s Reward, reached #2 in Hardback Fiction bestseller’s
chart and remained in the top five for 8 weeks. Its follow up, A Whisper From Oblivion,
reached #6 in Sept 2023. In 2025, O’Rourke is set to complete the trilogy with its eagerly
awaited conclusion, The Long Walk Home.

Flor MacCarthy is a journalist whose non-fiction bestseller, The Presidents’ Letters, was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book 2021. She is a former news journalist and presenter with RTÉ and contributes to a variety of radio and tv programmes. Flor has conducted in-person public interviews with numerous figures from the worlds of politics and the arts, including: Seamus Heaney, David Puttnam, Joseph O’Connor, Lara Marlowe, and Richard Kearney. From West Cork, she lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.