Dermot Healy launches new book in The Glens

ONE of the greatest contemporary Irish novelists, Sligo based Dermot Healy will launch his long awaited new novel ‘Long Time, No See’ in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Saturday, April 16 at 8.30pm.

ONE of the greatest contemporary Irish novelists, Sligo based Dermot Healy will launch his long awaited new novel ‘Long Time, No See’ in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Saturday, April 16 at 8.30pm.

ONE of the greatest contemporary Irish novelists, Sligo based Dermot Healy will launch his long awaited new novel ‘Long Time, No See’ in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Saturday, April 16 at 8.30pm.

Dermot is former writer in residence of the Glens Centre and will be joined by members of the Glens writers group, The Pig Executive for this celebratory evening. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In the isolated coastal town of Ballintra in the northwest of Ireland lives Mister Psyche, a young man dealing with the effects of grief after a traumatic event. Recent school-leaver and occasional worker, Psyche is full-time companion and Malibu-provider to his Uncle JoeJoe and his friend, The Blackbird.

Spending his time with men three times his age proves hazardous for Mister Psyche when the mysterious appearance of a bullet-hole in Uncle JoeJoe’s window draws him into a series of events which unsettle and bemuse. Perhaps The Blackbird is losing it? Or perhaps, The General has decided to act on a decades-old grudge? Whichever way, as the paranoia grabs a creeping hold of Uncle JoeJoe, his fragile world threatens to collapse. And it is Mister Psyche who must digest this and acknowledge the new world taking shape in the old ...

A novel about community, family and bonds across generations, Long Time, No See is one of the most significant novels to come out of Ireland in the new century. An epic in miniature peopled by a cast of innocents and broken misfits, its lyrical power casts a miraculous literary spell which will haunt the reader long after the final page has been turned.

Dermot Healy is a poet, novelist and dramatist. He lives in County Sligo and is the author of A Goat’s Song, Sudden Times, and The Bend for Home. He has previously won the Hennessy Award (twice), the Tom Gallon Award, the Encore Award and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award. His recent poetry collection A Fool’s Errand was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

Admission free and all are welcome.