Show Them a Good Time: an evening with Nicole Flattery

Show Them A Good Time

with author Nicole Flattery
in conversation at the Golden Hare

Our booksellers are delighted to welcome Nicole Flattery, an exciting new voice in Irish fiction, for an evening at Golden Hare Books. Nicole will be in conversation to read from and discuss her astounding debut short story collection Show Them a Good Time, both funny and full of melancholy.

‘I truly love and admire Nicole Flattery’s writing. Show Them A Good Time is a masterclass in the short story – bold, irreverent and agonisingly funny – and it does full justice to its author’s immense talent’

Sally Rooney

About the book

An urgent and unforgettable collection of stories, Show Them a Good Time explores types – men and women, their assigned roles and meanings – in modern society.

A young, broke Irish woman narrates her relationship with a successful comedian in New York; two hapless university students take to the stage in a bid to assert their autonomy; a school teacher makes her way through a series of dead-end dates, gamely searching for love or distraction as the world teeters towards ruin.

The characters in these magnificently accomplished stories are haunted as much by the future as they are by their pasts. Exuberant, irreverent and loaded with dark humour, Show Them a Good Time marks the arrival of a strikingly original new Irish voice in fiction.

About the author

Nicole Flattery’s work has been published in the Stinging Fly, the White Review, the Dublin Review, BBC Radio 4, the Irish Times, Winter Papers and the forthcoming 2019 Faber anthology of new Irish writing. Her story ‘Track’ won the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize. She is twenty-nine years old and lives in Galway.

Tickets are available through our website or in store, by phone or email. Please arrive in time for the event start time of 6.30pm.

Please note this event takes place at the bookshop and on busy evenings we cannot always guarantee a seat. We regret that the bookshop is non-wheelchair accessible, but please contact us and we will make every effort to meet any access requirements.

‘Demands repeated reading. These stories are very funny, and very sad, usually at the same time. Which, as Flattery shows us brilliantly, is the best time’

Jon McGregor

Short Story Club: “Mr Salary” by Sally Rooney

Short Story Club is our low-commitment, high-reward reading group for those who love short stories and want to hear more of them, and for those who are curious about the shorter form of fiction. We gather around with a glass of wine, one of our booksellers introduces then reads the story in its entirety and then we open up to a group discussion. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and hear new stories, and we like to think you’ll leave with a brighter view of the world around you. There is something magical about short stories. Come see for yourself!

Katalina will be reading…

“Mr Salary” by Sally Rooney

My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all.

Years ago, Sukie moved in with Nathan because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go. Now they are on the brink of the inevitable.


Sally Rooney is one of the most acclaimed young talents of recent years. With her minute attention to the power dynamics in everyday speech, she builds up sexual tension and throws a deceptively low-key glance at love and death.

We are delighted to be spending 2019 reading the new series from legendary publisher Faber & Faber of the finest short stories ever: Faber Stories. We’ll be reading a selection of this beautiful new series of short stories new and old, discovering a range of writers you already love and new ones to discover.

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world…”

— George Saunders

Short Story Club is completely FREE and no tickets are issued. However, you can RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and help us gauge numbers. Please arrive promptly to begin at 6.30pm so there are no interruptions to the reading!

Jellyfish: an evening with Janice Galloway

Book Launch

Jellyfish by Janice Galloway

in conversation with Heather Parry

a stunning collection of sixteen razor-sharp tales about sex, love and parenthood from one of Scotland’s best loved and most acclaimed writers

Join us in the beautiful St Vincent’s Chapel just along the road from the bookshop for a special evening with one of our favourite Scottish writers with a brilliant collection of short stories about the raw, poignant stuff of life.

In this powerful collection of short fiction, Janice Galloway takes on David Lodge’s assertion that ‘literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life’s the other way round’. The author of novels The Trick is to Keep Breathing, Foreign Parts and Clara, memoirs This is not About Me and All Made Up as well as short story collections, Galloway is a beloved author in Scotland and this collection sees the author exploring fascinating territory about life. From women’s experiences in a psychiatric ward to a spurned lover burning the possessions of their partner, the moments in these stories are raw, real and brilliantly written – as we’d expect from this talented writer!

‘Stories that walk with steady, nerve-cracking skill down a nightmare edge. A virtuoso work.’ — New Statesman on Galloway’s short fiction

This event is a great opportunity to hear this fascinating author discuss her latest short fiction. Please arrive from 6.00pm to enjoy a drink before the conversation kicks off, followed by a Q&A and opportunity to buy books afterwards. We will have a broad selection of Janice’s work on sale, and you will be able to have them signed!

Please note that this event is at an external venue and not the bookshop. Tickets are available on our website, in-store or by calling or emailing the bookshop. Ticket price includes a glass of wine!

About Janice Galloway

Janice’s first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. Her most recent publication, All Made Up, won Scottish Book of the Year 2012.

She has been writer in residence to four Scottish prisons, Research Fellow to the British Library, resident at Jura Distillery, and was recently the first Fellow in Residence at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her radio work includes two series for BBC (Life as a Man and Imagined Lives) and programmes on music and musicians. She also works extensively with musicians, visual artists and typographers.

Posted on

What happened at the Salon?

Readers' Salon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the first Monday of every month we have our much-loved Readers’ Salon. Unlike the Book Group, there is no set book to read; instead, we have a semi-structured discussion about books we’re reading, books we want to read and everything in between! It’s always a joy and on the 5th we had our first session of 2018. Continue reading What happened at the Salon?

Posted on

To Be Read #2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If I wrote this blog post about my actual To Be Read pile (an entire bookcase) we would be here for days, so I’ve painstakingly whittled it down to my top five. Just the process of confronting my book-hoarding addiction has left me feeling a little helpless: will I ever read all these? Should I stop buying so many? Happily, however, we all know that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. That’s the beauty of the TBR books: they’re always around when you need them. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ll be making my way through this month. Continue reading To Be Read #2

Posted on

Thanks to Helen McClory

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Just a short note to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to the shop for Helen McClory’s wonderful launch event last night — and most of all to Helen herself who read so beautifully from On the Edges of Vision, her new short story collection, and gave us such an interesting insight into her inspirations and influences in a chat that ranged from Cupid and Psyche to Sesame Street and Hannibal! Continue reading Thanks to Helen McClory