Bestselling novelist Marian Keyes will appear at the Southbank Centre in London in February, as part of its spring 2020 literature season, as well in Dublin to discuss her upcoming novel Grown Ups (Michael Joseph).
Keyes will be interviewed by journalist and podcaster Róisín Ingle at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 3rd February 2020, to discuss her 14th work of fiction. Two days later she will headline at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in conversation about Grown Ups with literary journalist Alex Clark. Keyes will also speak at a session at Fane’s inaugural Words Weekend at Sage Gateshead on 7th December 2019, with all three of her events coordinated by Fane Productions.
Fellow authors Isabel Allende, Roddy Doyle, Jackie Kay and Eimear McBridewill also appear at the Southbank Centre for its newly revealed spring 2020 literature season. More than 30 events taking place from January to April 2020 across its 17-acre site - which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, National Poetry Library, Hayward Gallery and foyer spaces (tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 6th November).
Grown Ups by Keyes will be published on 6th February. It follows the Caseys: three brothers, their wives, ex-wives and young adult step-kids. “They’re a glamorous, attractive family who spend a lot of time together – birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away,” the synopsis reads. “And they’re definitely a happy family. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much… When their happy families façade starts to unravel, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up?”
Keyes said: “I’m delighted that to coincide with the publication of Grown Ups, I’ll be doing two big events in early February: one in Dublin, and one in London, where absolutely everything is up for discussion. The thing I love most about my job is getting to meet my readers – I promise to make everyone laugh, and to send them out into the night feeling better about everything.”