Speakeasy Session November 26th
We are doing something a little bit different at the November Speakeasy. Joining us on the night will be the author of the immensely popular ‘Irishman’s Diary’ column in the Irish Times, Frank McNally. Investigative journalist Frank Connolly will also be with us to read from his debut novel ‘A Conspiracy of Lies’ – and award-winning poet Paul McMahon will be there to share some of his wonderful poetry. Open mic later. 8pm Tuesday 26th November, The Tanyard Bar, Main Street, Skibbereen.
Frank is an investigative journalist who has written extensively on current affairs and politics in Ireland for over 35 years. His journalism contributed to the establishment of two judicial tribunals into planning and police corruption. He has worked with numerous Irish media organisations over the years and has been a regular contributor on radio and television news and current affairs programmes. Frank is Head of Communications at SIPTU. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he has also lectured in journalism and regularly appears at book and cultural festivals and events to promote his work.
Sharing the stage with Frank will be student Molly O’Halloran, who will read passages from the character of Angie.
His first novel ‘A Conspiracy of Lies’ (Mercier Press) was published in April, 2019. His previous books include the best-selling ‘Tom Gilmartin: the Man who brought down a
Taoiseach’ (Gill & Macmillan,2014) and NAMA-Land (Gill, 2017). He is also the editor of ‘The Christy Moore Songbook’ (Brandon, 1984).
Frank was born on a farm in Monaghan and, after leaving school, served almost 10 years of a life sentence in the Department of Social Welfare in Dublin, before escaping. He joined the Irish Times as a reporter in 1994, becoming Dail Sketch writer and for a time the unofficial replacement to Maeve Binchy, among other things. Since 2006, he has been chief writer, 4 days a week, of the Irishman’s/woman’s Diary. He writes on subjects including parliament, the peace process, and the annual invasion of his kitchen by ants.
Paul is a Poet and Playwright from Belfast. His poetry has been published in The Threepenny Review, The Salt Anthology of New Writing, The Montreal International Poetry Prize Global Anthology, The Atlanta Review, Crab Creek Review, Fusion/Berklee College of Music, The Keats-Shelley Review, Agenda, Ambit, Orbis, The Interpreters House, The Alan Stillitoe Anthology/ “More Raw Material”, The Moth, Southword, Revival, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, Abridged, ROPES, Hennessy New Irish Writing/ Irish Independent, The Irish Examiner, Poetry Salzburg Review, and others.
Currently nominated for the Forward Prize for poetry, his poetry prizes include first prize in The Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize, 2015, (judge: Carol Ann Duffy), The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, 2012, (judge: Matthew Sweeney), The Nottingham Open Poetry Prize, 2012, (judge: Neil Astley), The Westport Poetry Prize, 2012, (judge: Dermot Healy), The Golden Pen Poetry Prize, 2011, and second prize in both The Basil Bunting Poetry Award, 2012, (judge: August Kleinzahler –United States Poet Laureate) and The Salt International Poetry Prize, 2013, (judges: Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery).
Plus open mic sessions.
Tanyard Bar, Skibbereen 8-10.30 pm
A Conspiracy of Lies
Three big bangs shook Dublin in May 1974.
Angie and Joe meet in the wake of the single worst atrocity of the
Troubles. Brought together by the effect of the bombings on their lives,
these two young people set out on a quest to discover who is
responsible, facing confrontation with dark forces in Irish and British
This thriller is set among the cultural and political life of Dublin in the
1970s. Angie and Joe’s relationship deepens as they delve into the
shocking political and criminal landscape surrounding those in high
places with the blood of innocents on their hands. But the more they find
out, the deeper they become embroiled in a world they don’t understand,
and the consequences could be devastating.
Frank Connolly is an investigative journalist who has written extensively
on current affairs and politics in Ireland over the past 30 years. His
journalism contributed to the establishment of two judicial tribunals into
planning and police corruption. He has worked with numerous Irish
media organisations over the years and has been a regular contributor on
radio and television news and current affairs programmes. A graduate
of Trinity College, Dublin, he has also lectured in journalism and
regularly appears at book and cultural festivals and events to promote
his work. He is currently Head of Communications at SIPTU. His
previous books include Tom Gilmartin: the Man who brought down a
Taoiseach and NAMA-Land , and he is the editor of The Christy
Price: €16.99; £14.50
ISBN: 978 1 78117 662 7
Extent: 352 pp
Format: 215 x135mm