As part of the Bealtaine 2015 festival The Dock is delighted to welcome Irish American author Timothy O’Grady to Carrick on Shannon on Thursday night May 28 to read from his acclaimed work I Could Read The Sky. Well known traditional fiddler and singer Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh will also perfom providing a music backdrop to O’ Grady’s reflections on the experience of Irish emigration.
I Could Read The Sky is a finely woven tale of an Irishman returned home from a hard life in England’s potato fields and factories, beautiful both for its words and for its images.
The book, a blend of prose by O’ Grady and stark photography by Steve Pyke allows the reader to see through the author’s mournful eyes the life he had left behind as a child, the father who wouldn’t say good-bye, and the love of his life gone so fast.
Interspersed between intricately lyrical prose are haunting pictures of life in Labasheeda -- images of Baby pushing her pram, of the Tailor who burns his loom dressed only in his underclothes and nothing else, and of the wide expanse of O’Grady’s tale told through the eyes of Irish migrants and the camera lens of Steve Pyke.
The book was made into a film in 1999 featuring Dermot Healy, Stephen Rea, Mick Lally and Marie Doyle Kennedy with a beautiful score by Iarla Ó Lionáird.
Tickets for this unique event are priced at €12/€8 and are available now on 0719650828 or for further details log onto www.thedock.ie