Skip to main content


Kathleen Murray

Cycles: Spokes

Acclaimed writer explores the distinctive speech and idioms of County Carlow.

Kathleen Murray is an acclaimed short story author. Her electrifying debut novel, The Deadwood Encore (2022) was recently selected as Carlow’s representative in the Irish Times’ list of 32 novels set in 32 counties.

Here, Kathleen will talk about why she chose to set her novel in a fictionalised version of Carlow town and how her characters’ idiosyncratic voices were inspired by the speech and idiom of her native county.


This talk is part of Spokes, a series of discussions and workshops about our sense of place within County Carlow. Spokes hosts conversations on language, cycling, ecology and more.


Spokes is part of Cycles, a community engagement project happening across Hacketstown, Rathvilly, Graiguecullen and Tullow, and led by artists Michelle Browne and Eszter Némethi. Cycles will culminate in a large outdoor cycling and performance event in September 2023.

Funded by ART:2023, a Decade of Centenaries programme

Presented by The Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon, in association with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

This project is created in partnership with Carlow Sports Partnership, Carlow County Council Arts Office, Carlow County Development Partnership, Carlow County Library, Carlow Museum and Carlow Environmental Network.

More from the programme

More from
the programme

Sorry but I feel

Sorry, But I Feel Slightly Disidentified...

Benjamin Kahn (France/Belgium/The Netherlands)

Sun 11 June

A provocative and thought-provoking performance

Samba drumming stock web

Samba Drumming Workshop


Sat 10 June

Experience the infectious beats of samba drumming in Rhythmriot’s hands-on workshop


O'Hara's Live & Local


Sat 10 June

A platform for the most exciting music from across County Carlow.

See all events