will give a talk on Things Fall Apart: A Crime Writer Looks at the State of Ireland
, Associate Professor of Italian at Trinity College Dublin, writes crime fiction under the pseudonym
Born in Cork in 1950, Cormac is the son of novelist and children's writer Eilís Dillon, and brother of the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
A winner of the John Florio Prize, teaches on two new Master's degree courses, one on Literary Translation, the other on Comparative Literature, and is Director of Teaching & Learning in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.
Among his academic publications are studies of Dante and Boccaccio. Recently he was co-editor, with Michael Cronin, of The Languages of Ireland. His latest academic book is a co-edited study, Translation and Censorship.
He took to crime rather late. His first novel, An Irish Solution, was published by Penguin in Ireland in 2004 to critical acclaim. has recently published an Italian translation under the title .
A fatter novel, The Grounds ("A sophisticated entertainment", according to Susanna Yager in the Sunday Telegraph) appeared in Spring 2006; it is set in a remarkably dysfunctional Irish university invented half a century ago by the author's mother.
A third novel, tackling an ambitious political theme, has been stalled; Cormac is currently working - with gathering momentum - on another Dublin-based crime story.