Lose Yourself in Six Literary Lunchtime Adventures
The Ulster Hall’s hugely popular Literary Lunchtimes continue with six more lunchtime adventures in the Group Space, featuring readings and specially themed events, showcasing works by popular writers.
Literary Lunchtimes to look forward to during the coming weeks and months include: Selina Guinness, Words of the Workers, Carlo Gébler, Ian Sansom, Shirley Lanigan and Poetry Picnic – Dead Poets.
Dublin’s Selina Guinness (next Tuesday 30 April) reads from and talks about her remarkable book, The Crocodile by the Door, to mark its paperback publication. Selina was recently shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for this, her dazzling début memoir – a brilliant, multi-layered family story centred on a complicated inheritance.
Part of the Decade of Centenaries Trade Union commemorations, Words of the Workers (Wednesday 15 May) sees established local poets Martin Mooney and Nathaniel McAuley read from their own work and a selection of literary voices on the theme of workers’ rights, while singer songwriter, Eamon Byers, celebrates the extensive canon of workers’ anthems.
Carlo Gébler, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, is in conversation with acclaimed Belfast-based novelist, Glenn Patterson on Wednesday 22 May. Gébler’s novels include The Cure, How To Murder a Man, A Good Day for a Dog and, most recently, The Dead Eight. His non-fiction books include the narrative history The Siege of Derry. Carlo writes for both radio and the stage with works including Dance of Death, (an adaptation of August Strindberg’s Strindberg cycle of plays) and December Bride, (based on the Sam Hanna Bell novel).
Looking further ahead, Ian Sansom (Friday 7 June) reads from and discusses his work to mark the publication of his novel, The Norfolk Mystery and Shirley Lanigan (24 July) reads and shares images from her new book, The Pocket Guide to The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland.
Poetry Picnic – Dead Poets is a Smiths-themed extravaganza on Wednesday 21 August, during which singer songwriter Rory Nellis plunders The Smiths’ back catalogue, local poet Stephen Connolly reads from some of Morrissey’s favourite dead poets and actors Jason McLaughlin and Charmaine McBride perform scenes from Oscar Wilde. Bring your own picnic!
Selina Guinness: £5; Ian Sansom: £5; Poetry Picnic – Dead Poets: £4 Words of the Workers, Carlo Gébler and Shirley Lanigan: free admission – no ticket required.
Tickets (where applicable) are available online, from the Ulster Hall and Waterfront Box Offices and by calling 028 9033 4455. www.ulsterhall.co.uk
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