Leitrim County Council is delighted to present the 8th annual John McGahern Seminar from Friday, May 16 - Sunday May 18.
This years contributers include Neil Belton, Marina Carr, Luke Gibbons, Brian Leyden, Fiach Mac Conghail, Belinda McKeon, Donal O’Kelly, Donal Ryan, Gerard Whelan and Vincent Woods. The weekend combines panels, talks and readings which explore ideas central to and arising out of McGahern’s novels, stories and theatre - drawing together writers and thinkers from many backgrounds to consider a wide-ranging and stimulating set of themes.
The opening panel discussion on Friday at 8pm in The Bush hotel is John McGahern epitomises how an artist can produce work of fundamental importance that celebrates an unvarnished Ireland and which is valued extensively throughout the world. Vincent Woods talks to Fiach Mac Conghail, Marina Carr and Belinda McKeon about the importance of the arts and the contribution artists make to our society.
Saturday sees Donal O’Kelly’s synopsis of Jimmy Gralton’s Dancehall and Luke Gibbons explores the banning of McGahern’s The Dark, as well as several panel discussions. Sunday sees a trip to Aughawillan where related excerpts from McGahern’s books will be read.
The seminar fee is €60, this includes all talks, tours, readings, receptions and transport to and from Aughawillan. There is a reduced student rate of €30.