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Departures Volume II: Co. Mayo

13 July, 2021 , 6:30 pm

Free Donations welcome

Manchán Magan travels to Westport, Co. Mayo to speak with novelist Mike McCormack and poet Alice Kinsella. On the shores of Clew Bay, Mike and Alice discuss the power and resonant beauty of the Irish landscape in their art as actor Paul O’Brien reads some of their works inspired by the scenery. There will be musical interludes throughout from Town Hall Theatre in Westport from Cormac MacDiarmada of RTE Folk Award and Choice Music Prizing winning band Lankum and Ruth Clinton of Landless as they combine forces to perform their own songs from the landscape.

Manchán Magan has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes regularly for The Irish Times, presents The Almanac of Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 and reports on travel for various radio programmes. He has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ  & Travel Channel. His book Thirty-Two Words For Field explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, psyche and heritage of Ireland.

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. In 2016 he won the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Irish Book Award Novel of the Year and Book of the Year prizes for Solar Bones. In 2018 Solar Bones also won the Dublin International Literary Award (formerly known as the IMPAC). The novel was also shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Kerry Group Irish Novel Award. In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.  His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1995), Crowe’s Requiem (1998), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012).

Alice Kinsella’s poetry publications include The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review and, The North. Her poems have been translated into Polish, Arabic, and Greek. Her pamphlet Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. Her creative non-fiction prose, ‘Window’ won the inaugural AIS alumni creative writing award. She co-edited Empty House (Doire Press, 2021). Her debut full-length collection is forthcoming. She lives on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and son.

Paul O’Brien has appeared in several film, television, and theatre productions including Len Collin’s online ‘Covies’, TG4’s ‘Deoch an Dorais’ documentary by director Paddy Hayes and numerous stage productions with the St Patrick’s Theatre Group and the Castlebar Musical & Dramatic Society, including ‘Oklahoma’, where he played a leading role. Paul developed a life-long love of acting and singing as a young boy and has studied the Meisner Technique method of acting with Momentum Acting School in Dublin. He continues to sing as both a solo artist and as a member of vocal ensemble ‘Voxfusion’. His accomplished voice and acting skills make him a versatile actor, suited to roles in dramatic productions and/or musical theatre roles. A native of Portlaoise, Co.Laois, Paul now lives in Westport, Co. Mayo, with his wife and son and where he works as a Coach and Trainer.

Ruth Clinton is an artist and musician living in Co. Sligo. She makes exhibitions and publications in a collaborative duo with artist Niamh Moriarty and is a member of traditional singing group Landless. She co-founded the Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin group, the traditional singing session, ‘The Night Before Larry Got Stretched,’ as well as a weekly Old Time Appalachian session in Sligo. Recent exhibitions and performances include Spilt Milk Festival, Tradition Now and Solas Nua, Washington.

Cormac MacDiarmada is a multi-instrumentalist and a member of acclaimed folk group Lankum. Their recent performance at the Abbey Theatre, ‘A National Disgrace’, was described by Uncut Magazine as a “stunning immersive livestream from the drone folk band”. Lankum have won numerous awards including the RTÉ Choice Music Album of the Year (2019) and multiple RTÉ and BBC Folk Awards. Cormac sings, and plays fiddle, viola, guitar, banjo.

The Dublin Book Festival is supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Dublin City Council, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Departures is made possible by funding from The Arts Council of Ireland.

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