Sligo-based author Louise Kennedy spent the first 30 years of her working life as a chef and hadn’t put pen to paper until she accompanied a friend to a writing group at the age of 47. Within a year, one of her stories had been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and a nine-publisher bidding war for her first story collection, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac began. She talks to Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate about the gritty, bitter and hard-won stories that make up this remarkable collection and reflects on her newly found writing life.

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The End of the World is a Cul de Sac


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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