Join authors Ruth Gilligan, Conner Habib and Maura McHugh as they look at the past, present and future of Horror in Ireland.

Ruth Gilligan is an award-winning writer and lecturer from Dublin now based in the UK. She has published five books to date and was the youngest person ever to top the Irish bestsellers’ list. Her latest novel, The Butchers, won the 2021 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, awarded to the book which best captures the ‘spirit of a place’. She works as a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham; she is also an ambassador for the empathy-building charity Narrative 4.

Conner Habib is the author of Hawk Mountain and the host of the podcast Against Everyone With Conner Habib which covers topics as broad as occultism, philosophy, punk rock, and sex work. He lives in Ireland.

Maura McHugh lives in Galway and has a MA in Irish Gothic Fiction and a MA in Screenwriting. She writes across a variety of media, including prose, theatre, film/TV, video games, and comic books. She’s written three short story collections, and the last one, The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection, and most recently, the title story was reprinted in Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction, edited by John Connolly. She’s the lead writer on the point and click game, Jennifer Wilde (based on the comic book she wrote), from Outsider Games in Belfast. She also writes non-fiction and appears on podcasts and radio, where she interviews, reviews, and discusses pop culture. Her website is

Presented By: South Dublin Libraries & Arts
Duration: 60 mins. No interval