Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time. A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and turf fires, where girls stayed in their homes until they became mothers themselves, the island was a gift for some, a prison for others. Oona was barely more than a girl, but promised herself she would leave the tall tales behind and never return.
The Island Child tells two stories: of the girl who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape. As the strands of Oona’s life come together, in blood and marriage and motherhood, she must accept the price we pay when we love what is never truly ours …
Molly Aitken will be reading from her debut Irish novel and in conversation with Deirdre O’Byrne from Five Leaves Bookshop/Nottingham Irish Studies Group. Molly was born in Scotland in 1991 and brought up in Ireland. She studied Literature and Classics at Galway University.
Tickets: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments, and redeemable against any purchase on the night.
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