The author of Leonard and Hungry Paul discusses his latest release Panenka, the tale of a former footballers second chance.
Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the An Post Irish Book Awards, the British Book Awards, the Books Are My Bag Awards, the Dalkey Literary Prize, the McKitterick Prize, and was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Leonard and Hungry Paul was selected by Dublin City Council as the 2021 One Dublin One Book. It was also chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 50 Great Irish Novels of the 21st Century. His second novel Panenka was published in May 2021.
Rónán’s story The Translator’s Funeral was longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year.
As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year.