Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To Dundalk, James, And Spare Not The Horses

I’m off to Dundalk on Saturday, to take part in the inaugural Dundalk Books Festival, and I’m very much looking forward to it. That’s in part because it’s always good to get the opportunity to talk books, but also because I’ll be doing so in the company of two of the country’s finest writers, Declan Hughes (right) and Niamh O’Connor.
  The event runs from 1-3pm on Saturday, April 27th and takes place at The Tain Theatre in Dundalk, where we’ll be interviewed by Gerry Kelly of LMFM, read a little from our books, breathe fire and roll a few tumbles. Just another Saturday afternoon, then.
  Other writers contributing to the Festival are Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll, Sarah Webb and Catherine Dunne.
  For all the details, clickety-click here
  Incidentally, Declan Hughes’ play ‘Digging for Fire’ is enjoying a revival at the Project Arts Centre right now, and runs until May 4th. I saw the play (which is twenty years old this year) as a read-through a couple of years ago, and thought it was brilliantly prophetic of Ireland’s post-boom landscape, even if it was speaking very much about its own time. If you get a chance to see it, you should – apart from everything else, it’s not every day you get to see a play that takes its title from a Pixies song.

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