“Do not be angry with the rain,” Vladimir Nabokov reportedly once said, “it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” Irish writer Danny Denton takes a similarly sympathetic view of rain, arguing that it changes how we see, smell and hear, and affects memory, mood and consciousness. The acclaimed author of The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow – set in a dystopian Ireland where it always rains – delivers an engrossing talk about an inescapable part of our lives.


Supported by Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney and Culture Ireland.

Danny Denton (International)

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Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow is his first novel. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Big Issue, and Granta. His short stories have been published in Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Funhouse, among others.

Josh Stenberg (Australian)

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Josh Stenberg is Lecturer in Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Sydney. He has translated fiction by authors such as Su Tong, Ye Zhaoyan, and Chen Xue, and is the editor of Irina's Hat: New Short Stories from China. He is also an author of poetry and short fiction.