Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry – A Thousand Moons

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date
Sunday 9 August

Current holder of the Laureateship for Irish Fiction and twice winner of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction with On Canaan’s Side and Days Without End, Sebastian Barry has written a stunning new novel. A Thousand Moons, a sequel to Days Without End, is told by Winona, a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole.  Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand.

Told in Sebastian Barry’s rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman’s journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.

‘Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.’ Ali Smith.

Sebastian will be interviewed by Mairi Kidd, Creative Scotland’s Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing.

The Walter Scott Prize is awarded annually at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.

For more information about Sebastian Barry’s role as the Laureate for Irish Fiction visit: Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018–2021

For more on the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction see:

photo credit: The Irish Times

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