Judy O’Kane, who was shortlisted for shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Award in London in 2016 for best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography, has been invited to read from her manuscript, Thirst, at Ballymaloe LitFest in May. O’Kane says the shortlisting has been “instrumental” in helping her secure the event.

More information about O’Kane’s work and ticket bookings for the event can be found on her website.