Irish short-story writer and novelist Evelyn Conlon, the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities’ writer-in-residence Oct. 25-29, will give a free public reading from her fiction at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the O’Shaughnessy Room of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

Conlon, born in County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1952, now lives in Dublin. She is the author of three collections of stories published in Ireland: My Head is Opening, Stars in the Daytime, and Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour. Her first novel, A Glassful of Letters, was published last year by Blackstaff Press in Belfast. She is co-editor of the Irish literary magazine Graph. She has been a writer-in-residence in Jerusalem and in California, and has given readings throughout Ireland as well as in France, Germany and the United States.

A reviewer in The Times of London wrote, “Conlon has the rare ability to give her words an almost mythic overtone without ever sounding forced,” and Books Ireland has called her “one of Ireland’s major truly creative writers.”

For more information on Conlon’s visit to St. Thomas, contact the UST Center for Irisih Studies, (651) 962-5662.