Kit de Waal discusses her memoir ‘Without Warning & Only Sometimes’

EBCF is delighted to welcome Kit de Waal back to Ennis to explore her new book, Without Warning & Only Sometimes, which takes the form of a memoir in vignettes, exploring her childhood in an unusual and rough and tumble family.

Her mother was from Wexford and her father was from St. Kitts in the Caribbean and they brought up their family in Birmingham. With clear-eyed prose she evokes a fraught childhood where opposing identities had to be negotiated and family life was a strange adventure. Her writing is vivid and suffused with love.

Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. In 2022 it was adapted for television by the BBC.

Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah was shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. A collection of short stories, Supporting Cast was published in 2020. An anthology of working-class memoir, Common People was crowdfunded and edited by Kit in 2019.

Kit will be interviewed by Derek Hand, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at DCU.

Venue: Ennis Courthouse
Cost: €12/€10  SOLD OUT – Waiting list in operation via booking link below.

Tickets available online and from glór box office. (065 6843103 – open from 10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday and from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays).


  • Date : 4 March 2023
  • Time : 10:00 am (UTC)
  • Venue : Ennis Courthouse