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Sebastian Barry: Old God's Time

Chronicler of Irish history and the human heart

Sebastian Barry (photo credit Hannah Cunningham)
Saturday 25 May 2024
Event Code: 41

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When Sebastian Barry was named Ireland’s Fiction Laureate, he promised to champion a “golden age of Irish prose”.

Decades before the likes of Sally Rooney and Eimear McBride returned Irish literature to the spotlight, Sebastian reckoned with forgotten chapters in Irish history through his plays, poetry and acclaimed novels.

His latest, the Booker Prize longlisted Old God’s Time, is a portrait of a good man haunted by a traumatic past from a natural storyteller described as “the laureate of empathy” (Sunday Independent).

This special conversation with host Kate Evans will be followed by a live performance of Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 by Max Bruch arranged for cello and piano with Melissa Barnard and Lee Dionne from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Sit down with Sebastian, appearing via video link, to discuss memory, family secrets and a rich writing life.

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Carriageworks, Bay 17
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015