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DBF at Blue Metropolis Presents: Neil Jordan and Nuala O’Connor in conversation with musical interludes from Clare Sands and Susan O’Neill

29 April, 2021 , 3:00 pm 4:00 pm IST

Event image includes headshots of Nuala O'Connor, Neil Jordan, Clare Sands, Susan O'Neill and Breda Brown. Includes logos of DBF, Blue Metropolis and Culture Ireland

Join Dublin Book Festival in association with Culture Ireland, as they bring a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish culture to Blue Metropolis. Presenter Breda Brown sits down with multi-award winning author and director Neil Jordan and author Nuala O’Connor with musical interludes from the enchanting duo Clare Sands & Susan O’Neill. Filmed in the beautiful, bookish surroundings of Kevin Street Library in central Dublin.

Neil Jordan’s new work of fiction, The Ballad of Lord John Edward and Citizen Small (The Lilliput Press) is a timely piece that examines the ironies of empire, captivity and freedom. Set against the backdrop of the late 1700’s and a booming background of revolution, from the American War of Independence to the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the tale is related by Lord Edward’s manservant – Tony Small, a runaway slave. Small, who knows too well the consequences of rebellion and resistance, reflects on Lord Edward’s journey from being a loyal servant of the British Empire to becoming a 1798 rebellion leader.

Nuala O’Connor’s Nora (New Island) has been described as “a delicate balance between passion and poetry”. When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. The novel tracks the Joyce’s, through their years in Dublin and later across Europe as Nora is torn between their intense and unwavering desire for each other, and the constant anxiety of living hand to mouth. In sensuous, resonant prose, Nuala O’Connor has conjured the definitive portrait of this strong, passionate and loyal Irishwoman. Nora is a tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

This event will be released on 29th April at 3pm on Blue Metropolis’ YouTube Channel, and is available for playback. Register below to receive the event link and a reminder email.

You can check out the full Blue Metropolis Programme HERE!