A Sunday Miscellany Sun 7th Oct @ 3pm
As part of Bluestack Festival A Sunday Afternoon Miscellany Sunday 7th October @ 3pm €5
Mary O’Donnell and Nuala O’Connor In Conversation
Music by Niamh Currid, Piano.
Mary O’Donnell and Nuala O’Connor are both widely published in poetry, fiction, short stories and memoir pieces and they enjoy an in-depth knowledge and respect for each other’s work. This much anticipated event will be a conversation between these two very popular writers about their writing craft in the various forms and their experiences of getting published. Mary and Nuala will also read from a selection of their own work. Music will be by well known Ballyshannon pianist, composer and arranger, Niamh Currid.
Mary O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known contemporary authors. Her poetry collections include Unlegendary Heroes, September Elegies and Those April Fevers (Ark Publications). She has published four novels including and her best-selling debut, The Light Makers, which was reissued last year. Her volume of essays, Giving Shape to the Moment: The Art of Mary O’Donnell, Poet, Novelist, Short-story Writer, was published by Peter Lang (Zurich) last June, and her new collection of stories, Empire, was published by Arlen House in September. Mary is a member of Aosdana.
Niamh Currid is a well known musical director, composer and arranger from Ballyshannon. She has composed music for many festival theatre productions over the years, including this year’s Síle Molloy ( by Maura Logue). She has a long association with local Donegal choirs, instrumentalists and soloists and has played in many bands, most recently in the original trio, The Darling Buds.
Nuala O’Connor (also Nuala Ní Chonchúir) lives in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Her fifth short story collection, Joyride to Jupiter, was published by New Island in 2017. Her work been shortlisted and nominated for many awards, including the Dublin International Literary Award, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Eason’s Book Club Novel of the Year. Her story, Gooseen, won the UK 2018 Short Fiction Prize. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle – set in Victorian England about a real-life music hall girl with a scandalous past, who married an Irish viscount and eventually became Countess Clancarty, before ending her days in rural County Galway – has just been published.