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Anne Enright

Moderated by Madeleine Gray

10 March 2024

The Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright’s latest novel, The Wren, The Wren, considers the legacy of terrible cruelty within one family. How to live with betrayal and loneliness, yet still love those close to you? Join us for this spellbinding conversation with one of Ireland’s and the world’s greatest living writers about a book that is widely considered one of her finest yet. 

One of the great living writers on the subject of family.

The New York Times

A meditation on love, family, trauma and resilience

Parents. Children. Siblings. Spouses. The Irish author Anne Enright is an absolute expert in writing about family. Throughout her twelve books, she has considered fraught familial interconnectedness from many angles. Her latest, The Wren, The Wren (2023), follows mother and daughter duo Carmel and Nell, two women deeply impacted by the brutal actions of Carmel's famous father, a poet. The protagonists contend with the risks of relationships: co-dependency, cruelty, betrayal, and abandonment. 

This multigenerational novel delves into the inheritance of trauma, the resilience of women, and the power of love in its manifold forms. Many have hailed this book as her finest. Don't miss this long-reaching conversation with one of Ireland's finest authors. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House


Enright is a bravura stylist who scores the various voices with a delicate ear for the different intonations of loss and longing. All the vividness of characterisation that her readers have come to expect is here, and so is the wry, almost surreal wit.

Fintan O’Toole, The Guardian
Anne Enright (she/her)

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature. The Wren, The Wren is her seventh novel.

Madeleine Gray (she/her) Moderator

Madeleine Gray is a writer and critic from Sydney. She has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, BBC, Electric Literature, Sydney Review of Books, and other publications. In 2019, she was a CA-SRB Emerging Critic, and in 2021 she was a finalist for the Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism, a finalist for the Woollahra Digital Literary Non-Fiction Award, and a recipient of a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. She has an MSt in English from the University of Oxford and is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester. Green Dot is her first novel.

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