Filming has begun in Northern Ireland on the TV adaptation of Normal People author Sally Rooney's novel Conversations with Friends.

Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson will direct with Leanne Welham, who has previously worked on The Trial of Christine Keeler and His Dark Materials.

Cork actress Alison Oliver, an emerging talent from Lir Academy (whose graduates include Normal People's Paul Mescal) will play Frances, a 21-year-old college student who faces her vulnerabilities as she navigates a series of relationships.

Sasha Lane (American Honey) will star as Bobbi, Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) plays Nick, and Jemima Kirke (Girls) will play Melissa, in the series, which is both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story.

Sally Rooney

Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and other international locations and Conversations with Friends will air on RTÉ, the BBC, Hulu next year.

The Normal People Instagram account posted a picture of a clapperboard on location with the caption, "#ConversationsWithFriends started filming in Northern Ireland today! We can’t wait to show you Sally Rooney’s words brought to life by @Sashablane, @joe.alwyn, @jemima_jo_kirke and Alison Oliver."

29-year-old Sally Rooney publishes her third book, Beautiful World, Where Are You, this September.

The novel is about Alice, a novelist, who meets warehouse worker Felix and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.