First event of a three-part literary programmed by Literature Curator Dani Gill in partnership with Words Ireland
Alan McMonagle in conversation with Patrick McCabe
Join us for our spring equinox event celebrating literature with Longford native Alan McMonagle and author Patrick McCabe. Both writers will be in conversation with journalist and researcher Paula Shields, discussing their work and the influence of the midlands.
Alan McMonagle gathered widespread critical acclaim for his debut novel Ithaca, published by Picador in 2017. Praised as “fast and urgent, full of feeling, savage humour and all kinds of tenderness” (-Kevin Barry), Ithaca garnered attention in Ireland and further afield
for its grit, pace, and the key personality of its child narrator-Jason Lowry.
Comparisons were made between the novel and The Butcher Boy, published by McCabe in 1992. McCabe has twice been Booker nominated and is celebrated as one of Ireland’s most iconic story
tellers. Having published over twelve books since, McCabe has been praised as “A true original,”(-John Banville) and continues to be an
incisive voice in Irish literature.
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