[Events] The Kate O'Brien Weekend - February 26th - 28th, 2010 - Theme: Outsiders

Gabriella.Hanrahan Gabriella.Hanrahan at staffmail.ul.ie
Thu Feb 11 13:17:25 GMT 2010





The 26th Kate O'Brien Weekend

Limerick, Feb 26th - 28th, 2010

Theme : Outsiders 



Deputy Mayor, Councillor Maria Byrne launched the 26th Kate O'Brien Weekend Programme in O'Mahony's Bookshop in Limerick last night. This annual literary weekend in Limerick is organised by readers for readers to celebrate the memory of Kate O'Brien.  The weekend is intimate in scale and convivial in nature where speakers and audiences get to talk freely about literary and other topics of interest to us all.


Each year the theme for the Kate O'Brien Weekend reflects the subject matters close to Kate O'Brien personally and in her writings. The themes constant in O'Brien's work are namely the struggle (particularly the struggle of Irish women) for individual freedom and love against the constricting demands of family, bourgeois society and Catholic religion. In an interview in later life she was quoted as saying "I've always been alone". With this in mind the theme for this year's Kate O'Brien Weekend, Outsiders.  Kate O'Brien herself was born into a prosperous Limerick family in 1897. After having settled in Galway in 1950, she was forced by bankruptcy to move to England in 1960. She died in Kent, England, in 1974.


The weekend will open with a performance by the Soprano Gabriela Iştoc, who is currently a member of the Opera Theatre Company Young Associate program. She will be accompanied by Colette Davis who is increasingly in demand both as accompanist and repetiteur and has performed with many of the country's leading singers on stage, radio and television. This opening event will take place at Istabraq Hall in Limerick City Council.  


Speakers this year include; Honor O Brolchain, whose recent book All in the Blood chronicles her grand-mother Geraldine Plunkett's papers. John Boland is Dublin-born and has worked in journalism all my adult life. He was theatre and film critic with the Irish Press, literary columnist for the Irish Times and is currently television critic and books critic for the Irish Independent. Richard Tillinghast is author 8 books of poetry and three books of non-fiction; Andrew Miller's, novelist, whose first book Ingenious Pain won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, is the same prize that O'Brien's Without My Cloak won in 1931.  William Wall novelist, will talk about writing and politics and ask can we make something happen?  Geraldine Sheridan from the University of Limerick will chair a seminar of all the speakers after a day of discussion.


On Sunday, the morning will begin with John Logan talk will discuss the involvement by Kate O'Brien in the adoption of her nephew Peter by her sister Nancy. This will be followed by a lively discussion about one of O'Brien's books, The Flower Of May between Hugh Maguire, newly appointed Director of The Hunt Museum and Grace Wells, children's novelist and poet.


The lovely Music Miscellany that is now an integral part of the Kate O'Brien weekend will introduce audiences to the music that was contemporary during O'Brien's life. This counterpoint to the discussions will be presented and illustrated by John Horgan.


The Kate O'Brien lecture will be given by Ruth Padel, whose great-great-grandfather was Charles Darwin.  She is author of Darwin - A Life in Poems and Tigers in Red Weather. She is currently writing a book of poems and prose on animal and human migration. She will explore the relationship between feelings of marginality or estrangement and the creative process of imagining and representing nature in art and words. She will illustrate her talk with poems, passages from her tiger conservation book, and her just-published debut novel, Where the Serpent Lives.


This year the venue for the Weekend is the City Courthouse on Merchant's Quay in Limerick. Situated adjacent City Hall in the centre of Limerick city, with ample car parking available.


For further information contact; The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, email : artsoffice at limerickcity.ie or visit our website www.kateobrienweekend.com <http://www.kateobrienweekend.com/>  


The Kate O'Brien Weekend is funded by The Arts Council, Limerick City Council and media partner RTE Lyric FM


Other sponsorship include; O'Mahony's Bookshop, Lawless Flowers, Leahy & Partners Solicitors, Kleiser Pianos, Pat Punch, Ann O'Malley, Shannon Development and O'Donnell Fashions


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