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Lowell Lecture

Eimear McBride: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Date & Time

Oct. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Presenting Organization

Boston College


The Arts Humanities


Lauren Wilwerding (, (617) 552-2203)

Eimear McBride is an Irish novelist. She wrote her first novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2013), at age 27 and spent the next nine years trying to have it published. It subsequently received the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as well as numerous shortlistings including the Folio Prize and the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a "future classic" it has elicited widespread international praise that includes comparisons of McBride to Edna O'Brien, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. Her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians, was published in September 2016 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride occasionally writes and reviews for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman. She lives in Norwich, UK with her family.

Co-sponsored with the Irish Studies Program.

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