Wednesday 18 September 2019

Literary Diary with Madeleine Keane

Liz Nugent
Liz Nugent

Madeleine Keane

Last week I had the good fortune to hear Liz Nugent interview Australian crime dynamo Jane Harper as part of the crime-writing festival Midsummer Murder One.

Their next event is on Tuesday: I've been banging on to anyone who will listen about The Chain, a propulsive thriller from the pen of Adrian McKinty (see review elsewhere). Reading it is a bit like looking at a vicious black mamba, repellent but compelling.

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He is in town and will be talking to fellow Northern Ireland crime writer Steve Cavanagh at Pearse Street Library on Tuesday at 6.30pm. Tickets are €12 from

You can also catch Bafta award-winning scriptwriter David Nicholls discussing his latest novel, Sweet Sorrow tomorrow at DLR Lexicon at 7.30pm. Tickets €12 from Nicholls wrote the memorable love story One Day, so he'll be worth a listen.


Sending birthday greetings to Sister Benvenuta. The redoubtable Dominican historian, writer, educator and nun, also known as Margaret MacCurtain, recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

To mark the occasion, Arlen House is launching her new book, Metaphors for Change: Essays on State and Society, her work on feminism, history and politics, in which she addresses women's rights, human rights and the church's moral and ethical duties.

A concert in her honour will feature her favourite writers and scholars, among them Paula Meehan, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Margaret Kelleher, Diarmaid Ferriter and President Michael D Higgins, who will pay tribute to her exceptional life and work. It is on Saturday, July 27, 2-4pm, at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square, Dublin.


Further proof, if it were needed, that the Irish literary scene is flourishing comes in the form of Holy Show, a new print publication about contemporary Irish life and culture which launches on Thursday at the Project Arts Centre. The first issue includes contributions from novelist Lisa McInerney, Senator Lynn Ruane and visual artist Gary Coyle.

Holy Show is also billing itself as a production company with its first show for stage based on Ian Maleney's critically-acclaimed collection of essays, Minor Monuments, and nine nationwide dates are booked in already. Holy Show will be published biannually, costs €10 and will be available from Eason.

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