Chaired by Marnie Kennedy, Shared Reading Facilitator and co-ordinator of stories@theduncairn, a volunteer-led community literature project in north Belfast
Glasgow-immersed Victoria McNulty is a spoken word poet and writer and a regular performer at music festivals including the BBC6 Music Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. She focuses on themes varying from Irish Scots heritage, Brit Pop, Glasgow culture,
"drinking and smoking, sex and Celtic Football Club", (her words!) Oh, and she's also a huge fan of Joe Strummer, Shane McGowan, Irvine Welsh and Seamus Heaney!
Paul McVeigh's debut novel, 'The Good Son' won The Polari Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, The Guardian's 'Not the Booker' Prize, chosen as Brighton's City Reads, and given out as part of UK's World Book Night 2017.
Born in Belfast, Paul's writing has been on stage and radio, published in print and translated into seven languages. He began his career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London's West End.
Kelly McCaughrain is a Youth Adult (YA) and short story writer. She also works as a note taker for disabled students at Belfast Met and volunteers as a creative writing mentor at Fighting Words Belfast and Creative Writing at QUB. Her first YA novel, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, will be published by Walker Books next year.