Glenn Patterson reading UConn Storrs

April 8, 2014
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

April 8, UConn Storrs, CT: Glenn Patterson Gerson Irish reading and reception

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Mr. Patterson, this year’s Gerson Irish Reader, will read from his work, preceded by a reception that begins at 6.15pm. Both reading and reception will be held at Bishop Center, Room 146 on the UConn Storrs Campus <Bishop Center  is at One Bishop Circle, located between Oak Hill Rd. and Dog Lane/>

Belfast native Glenn Patterson is the most highly regarded novelist writing in Northern Ireland today.  Anne Enright named his novel, The International, as “the best book about the Troubles ever written,” while Colm Tóibín has called him “the most serious and humane chronicler of Northern Ireland over the past thirty years.” Patterson is a graduate of the prestigious University of East Anglia creative writing program and has been awarded both the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Betty Trask Award. In addition to publishing eight novels since 1988, he also produces documentaries for the BBC and wrote the screenplay for Good Vibrations, a recent movie about the 1970s punk scene in Belfast. His habitual theme is the reevaluation of the recent Northern Irish past, particularly of “The Troubles.” Patterson’s most recent novels are The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (London: Faber, 2012) and The Rest Just Follows (London: Faber, 2014).

The evening’s program is sponsored by the Gerson Fund and made possible by the generous assistance of the UConn English Department and the Creative Writing Program.


If you are able to join us for the reading and reception, please RSVP by Monday, March 24, to Mary Burke at