Joseph O’Connor is an award-winning writer. His novel Star of the Sea became an international bestseller, selling more than a million copies. The CD of his radio pieces, The Drivetime Diaries, reached number one in the Irish charts. His novel Ghost Light was selected as Dublin’s One City, One Book. He has performed spoken-word pieces with many musicians, including The Chieftains, Glen Hansard, Paul Brady, Camille O’Sullivan, Eimear Quinn, Martin Hayes, Doveman, Sam Amidon, and the Orchestra of the Royal Irish Academy. His stage show with Philip King, Whole World Round, has been performed all over Ireland and in New York and London. Among his many awards are the Neilsen Golden Book Award and Prix Littéraire Européen Zepter for European Novel of the Year. His work has been published in 42 languages and in 2012 he received an Honorary Doctorate from UCD and the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature.