HomePlace is delighted to welcome back author and musician Willy Vlautin, who will be chatting to Belfast-based journalist Stuart Bailie from his home in Oregan.

Willy Vlautin is the author of five novels, including The Motel Life; Lean on Pete, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into an acclaimed film by Andrew Haigh; and Don’t Skip Out on Me, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon, and is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines.

His new novel The Night Always Comes has just been published by Faber & Faber and tells the story of Lynette, who is juggling caring for her brother, working two jobs and part-time college courses to try to scrape together enough to take out a mortgage on a house she can call a home. But, when the plan is derailed, Lynette must embark on a desperate odyssey of hope and anguish.

Written with all Willy Vlautin’s characteristic and heart-wrenching empathy, The Night Always Comes holds up a mirror to a society that leaves too many people only a step away from falling between the cracks.
Join us for this pre-recorded trans-Atlantic conversation where Willy will chat to Stuart about his new novel, his inspiration, his previous visit to HomePlace and how he balances writing and music.

A link for this online event will be sent by email on Thursday 24 June and it will be available to watch for 5 days.

Tickets are £4, to get yours go to: https://seamusheaneyhome.ticketsolve.com/shows/873618471?mc_cid=cc4a7606c6&mc_eid=5295aebf1c