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Lauren Oyler and Kevin Power on theme of contemporaneity

Conversations with the Contemporary


Style is the writer’s ghost in the language machine: a series of decisions about what to write and how to write it which is both unconscious and deliberate. With this series UCD Writer in Residence Niamh Campbell is delighted to invite 8 writers to describe and discuss their process, craft, and the context of contemporary life – a world mediated by the internet, ruminating on recent history, making room for new stories, or pushing back against these – in relation to their work and their sense of style. We will talk about possible selves, multiple selves, found or concrete iterations of ‘self’; the self online, the self on drugs, the embodied or disembodied self; destruction, confession, reconstitution, and the experience of launching a debut.

Lauren Oyler’s essays and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Harper’s, the GuardianBookforum, and other publications. Her first novel, Fake Accounts, was published in February by 4th Estate.

Kevin Power is the author of two novels, Bad Day in Blackrock (2008) and White City (2021). He has written for The New YorkerThe Guardian, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, and many other places. He is Assistant Professor of Literary Practice in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches on the MPhil in Creative Writing.

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