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An evening with Colin Walsh

22 July @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the paperback publication of KALA with Colin Walsh!

We are delighted to welcome Colin Walsh to West Kirby, to celebrate the paperback publication of his number one internaitonally bestselling novel, KALA!

Join us on Monday 22 July, 7pm, when Colin will be reading from the novel, before chatting Jordan from the bookshop, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of KALA.

Tickets are £6 standard admission/ £19 inc. a copy of KALA and complimentary drinks will be provided. Tickets are non-refundable but if you can’t make it to the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of the book please let us know via email, hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com

This event is being held at The West Kirby Bookshop, 6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA.

About KALA:

‘Tana French fans will relish Kala‘s stylish prose and slowburn menace… An impressive debut.’ – The Guardian

Kala is both a genuine page-turner and a profound meditation on memory and how it shapes our lives – how our past selves forever haunt the people we become.’ – The Guardian

‘Luminous, unforgettable… Gorgeous and lingering, Kala is not to be missed.’- Observer

‘Compelling… Kala is an addictive read, with a pacy denouement – and explosive revelation – that’s more than worth the wait.’ – The Telegraph

‘A compelling, moving novel… Simmering with darkness and rich with the accumulation of life.’ – Rebecca Watston

‘I was kept awake until the birds were singing. What a story. I was riveted. It captures so much of the essence of the thrill and excitement of teenage summers, the wonderful optimism of youth and first loves, and the ease with which corruption and evil can take hold and thrive. This is a dazzling novel.’ – Donal Ryan

In the seaside town of Kinlough, on Ireland’s west coast, three old friends are thrown together for the first time in years. They – Helen, Joe and Mush – were part of an original group of six inseparable teenagers in the summer of 2003, with motherless, reckless Kala Lanann as their group’s white-hot centre. Soon after that summer’s peak, Kala disappeared without a trace.

Now it’s fifteen years later. Human remains have been discovered in the woods. Two more girls have gone missing. As past and present begin to collide, the estranged friends are forced to confront their own complicity in the events that led to Kala’s disappearance, and to try to stop Kinlough’s violent patterns repeating themselves once again…

Against the backdrop of a town suffocating on its own secrets, in a story that builds from a smoulder to a stunning climax, KALA brilliantly examines the sometimes brutal costs of belonging, as well as the battle in the human heart between vengeance and forgiveness, despair and redemption.


Colin Walsh’s short stories have won several awards including the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Prize and the Hennessy Literary Award. In 2019 he was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year. His writing has been published in the Stinging Fly, the Irish Times and broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. KALA is his first novel. He is from Galway and lives in Belgium.


22 July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The West Kirby Bookshop
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The West Kirby Bookshop
6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA
West Kirby, CH48 4HA GB
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