FRIDAY MARCH 22
An Spailpín Fánac
South Main St
Writers read from their works & discuss what inspired them in an event inspired by Féile an Phobail, our festival partner. Chaired by Seamus Hosey.
Cónal Creedonis a short story writer, novelist, playwright, and documentary film-maker. His stage plays include The Trial Of Jesus, Glory Be To The Father, Second City Trilogy. Cónal has written over 60 hours of radio drama and his work has been broadcast on RTÉ, BBC Radio 4 & World Service, and by radio stations in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA. His books include Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, a collection of short stories, and Passion Play, a novel.
Tony Macaulay grew up on the Shankill Road in Belfast at the start of ‘The Troubles’ – an experience which has shaped his life. He has spent 27 years working with hundreds of youth & community groups to build peace & reconciliation at home & abroad. His first book Paperboy is a touching, funny and nostalgic memoir, recounting his days growing up during the harrowing years. In the middle of the turmoil is the upstart with a wicked sense of humour and sky-high dreams, who dutifully goes about his paper round. The sequel to Paperboy is Breadboy – just published.
Danny Morrisonis a writer who lives in West Belfast, and is secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust and chairperson of Féile an Phobail. He was the national director of publicity for Sinn Fein in the 1980s, served time as an IRA prisoner, and is a well-known political commentator in newspapers and on television and radio. Since the mid 90s he has concentrated on writing & reviewing. Among his books are the novels West Belfast, On the Back of the Swallow, The Wrong Man; All the Dead Voices, a memoir, & Rebel Columns, a collection of articles. His fourth novel, Rudi: in the Shadow of Knulp, inspired by Hermann Hesse’s 1915 novel, has just been published.
Jamie O’Connell was the 2011 Writer in Residence at Tigh Filí in Cork and was awarded an Artists Bursary by Cork City Council in 2012. His debut collection of short stories, Some Sort of Beauty, explores issues of faith, sexuality, travel and modern urban culture, through voices as diverse as that of a Jehovah’s Witness father coping with the death of his rebel daughter, the monologue of a woman who abandoned her young family, stark reflections on love and the quiet tragedy of everyday moments. Underlining these narratives is a powerful humanity guided by hope, forgiveness and the redemptive power of art. Jamie now lives in Dublin.
Seamus Hosey recently retired after almost 30 years as Producer in the Features and Arts Department of RTE Radio 1, where he produced programmes including The Arts Show, The Book on One, The Poetry Programme and Speaking Volumes. He also organised and produced the annual Francis MacManus Short Story Competition which continues to provide a major platform for new and emerging Irish writers. Arising out of his lifelong passion for the theatre, he has chronicled tours by the Abbey and Gate Theatres to Russia, Israel and Broadway in a series of acclaimed radio documentaries. He is a member of the Literary Advisory Committee for Listowel Writers Week.
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