One of the most imaginative novels to emerge from Ireland in recent times, The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow casts a darkly comic vision of a derelict country besieged by flooding, economic collapse and crime. In conversation with Sam Cooney, Cork native Danny Denton discusses his rollicking literary debut, which has been described as a gangster ballad, a love story and a thriller noir that reflects on the myths and traditions that govern our lives.

Supported by the 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.

Sam Cooney (Australian)

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Sam Cooney runs the new-ish book press Brow Books, and is publisher of quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, teaches sessionally at universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic. He has judged literary prizes, sits on a couple of advisory boards, chairs events, and in 2017 took part in the Australia Council’s ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program. Earlier this year he took part in an Australian publishing delegation tour of India.