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An evening with Oisín McKenna

16 May @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Oisín McKenna to West Kirby, the celebrate the publication of his incredible debut novel, EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS

Join us as we welcome debut novelist, Oisín McKenna to West Kirby, for the Merseyside launch of his debut novel, EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.

Oisín will be with us on Thursday 16th May, 7pm, when he’ll be in conversation with journalist and editorial director, Thomas Gorton, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.


‘A masterpiece. This searing tale of love, sex and class will resonate for generations to come.’ — Owen Jones

‘Astonishing. A magnificent read.’ — Russell Tovey

‘A love letter to cities and people and heartbreaks. It made me cry.’ — Eileen Myles

A novel brimming with life, confronting the difficult and ugly with a fresh and charming levity.’ — Nicola Dinan

‘A bit like the book version of a Richard Curtis film but with more sex.’ — GQ

‘One of the most promising spoken word artists in the country, who avoids misty-eyed accounts of society and instead cuts through with brilliant observational political commentary’ Irish Times

Summer in London stops for no-one. Not the half-naked boozers, stoners, and cruisers, the hen parties glugging from bejewelled bottles, the drag queens puffing on hurried fags. It’s June 2019, and everyone has converged on the city’s parks, beer gardens and street corners to revel in the collective joys of being alive.

Everyone but Maggie. She’s 30, pregnant and broke. Faced with moving back to the town she fought to escape, she’s wondering if having a baby with boyfriend Ed will be the last spontaneous act of her life. Ed, meanwhile, is trying to run from his past with Maggie’s best friend Phil and harbouring secret dreams of his own.

Phil hates his office job and is living for the weekend, while falling for his housemate, Keith. But there’s a problem: Keith has a boyfriend and there might not be room for three people in the relationship. Then there’s Rosaleen, Phil’s mother, who’s tired of feeling like a side character in her own life. She’s just been diagnosed with cancer and is travelling to London to tell Phil, if she can ever get hold of him.

As Saturday night approaches, all their lives are set to change forever. It’s the hottest summer on record and the weekend is about to begin…


Oisín McKenna grew up in Drogheda, Ireland, and lives in London. He was awarded the Next Generation Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to write Evenings and Weekends – the highest award for an emerging artist in Ireland – and it was developed with further funding from Arts Council England. Evenings and Weekends has been awarded a 2022 London Writers Award, which supports London’s most promising underrepresented writers. In 2017, Oisín was named in the Irish Times one of the best-spoken word artists in the country. He has written and performed four theatre shows, including ADMIN, an award-winning production at Dublin Fringe 2019, and has written for outlets including the Irish Times on issues such as gentrification and the alienation of Dublin’s youth.

Tickets are £5 standard admission/ £19 inc. a copy of the book. Complimentary drinks will be provided on arrival. 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.


16 May
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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