Will read from his new book and speak about the writing process
In this exciting new historical novel, Eibhear Walshe recounts Handel’s time in Dublin in 1742, retracing his golden youth in Rome, his sometimes shady role as emissary and spy for the Elector of Hanover, who in 1714 became George I of Great Britain and Ireland, and his doomed first love affair. With energy and insight, this novel leads up to the first performance of Handel’s most celebrated work of sacred music the Messiah.
Eibhear Walshe was born in Waterford, studied in Dublin, and now lives in Cork, where he lectures in the School of English at University College Cork and is Director of Creative Writing. He has published in the area of memoir, literary criticism and biography. His books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life (2006), Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland (2012), and A Different Story: the Writings of Colm Tóibín (2013). His childhood memoir Cissie’s Abbatoir (2009) was broadcast on RTÉ’s ‘Book on One’. His novel The Diary of Mary Travers (2014), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award in 2015 and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. He was associate editor of Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks (2016), shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.
Wednesday 24th April 2019
€5 (to the Museum purchase and conservation fund)