Pat Shortt, Roisín Meaney and Lisa Harding discuss their three favourite books that they would take to a desert island.
Pat Shortt is an Irish actor, comedian, writer and entertainer. Pat started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created ‘D’Unbelievables’, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe. They produced four critically acclaimed and sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping Videos. As a solo artist Pat’s first show was a sell-out. Called simply Pat Shortt Live it played more than 250 dates around Ireland. His second show “You Won’t Get Away With That Here” achieved equal success selling out shows all over the country.
An actor of note, Pat has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in their production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. Movie titles include, Angela Mooney Dies Again (1996), This Is My Father(1998), Wild about Harry (2000), Saltwater (2000), Mapmaker (2001) Man About Dog (2004), Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004), Garage (2007), Strength and Honour (2007), Spacemen Three (2008), Soul Boy (2010), The Guard (2011), Breakfast Wine (2013), Life’s a Breeze (2013), Calvary (2014) and The Flag (2016). Television credits include, Father Ted (1995-6), The Fitz (2000), Killinaskully (2003-8) , Mattie(2009–11), Moone Boy (2014) and Smalltown (2016).
Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She has lived in England, Africa and the USA; she now lives in Limerick. She began writing in 2001 and her first novel, The Daisy Picker, won a Write a Bestseller competition and was published in 2004. Since then she has become the author of several bestselling novels, including Two Fridays in April, After The Wedding, The Last Week of May, Love in the Making and One Summer, as well as several books for children. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German and Italian.
Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and writer. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric theatres among others and on RTE, playing Connie in Fair City. She completed an MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her short story Counting Down was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writer’s Prize in 2013. Other stories have been published in The Dublin Review, Bath Short Story Award Anthology and Headstuff. Plays have been workshopped at The National Theatre, London and performed at Theatre503, Battersea Arts Centre and The Project Arts Centre. She has just been awarded an Arts Council Bursary for her second novel, Overspill.
Harvesting is her first critically acclaimed novel and there is strong interest from a Bafta-award winning film director in adapting it for screen. It tells the story of two young teenage girls: one from Moldova and one from Dublin who get caught up in the underworld of sex trafficking in Dublin. It was nominated for best newcomer at the Irish Book Awards, shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien award and was chosen as a Unesco Dublin city of literature pick of 2017. It has just been picked up by one of France’s leading publishing houses, Gallimard Press in Paris.
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