A public interview featuring Eimear McBride, author of the award-winning novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, promises to be a highlight of this year’s Cúirt Festival.
Eimear waited nine years and suffered countless rejections before the novel – her first – was published in 2013 by independent UK company, Galley Beggar Press. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013.
It also received glowing reviews, with Booker winner Anne Enright describing it as ‘an instant classic’ and ‘an account of Irish girlhood to be set alongside [Edna] O’Brien’s The Country Girls for emotional accuracy and verve’.
Eimear was born in Liverpool but grew up Sligo and Mayo where she still has family.
Her book is the story of an unnamed girl growing up in rural Ireland. Emerging from a childhood marked by family illness and a neurotic, pious mother, this girl struggles to grow into womanhood. Having suffered abuse as a teenager she becomes sexually promiscuous and reckless as a student in Dublin.
This book deals with some dark topics, but does so in a unique, poetic style, giving it a moving quality that has impressed readers and critics alike.
• Eimear will be at Cúirt next Thursday, April 10 at 1pm in An Taibhdhearc, when she will be in conversation with author and broadcaster Kathleen MacMahon.
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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