OPENING NIGHT EVENT
7.30pm. Thursday 19th August. Online Event.£3.
If you missed out on our Opening Night panel, never fear! The online event will be available to view until the festival ends Wednesday 25th August.
Hugh Odling-Smee welcomes Colm Toíbín, Bernard McLaverty and Tara Ison as they discuss their favourite Brian Moore novel, how his work has influenced their own writing, and the relevance of his work today.
BRIAN MOORE BOOK BUSK
Various Locatons and Times. See below for further information.
In celebration of Turnpike Books publishing new editions of three Brian Moore novels Paradosso Theatre presents Brian Moore Book Busking! On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August Stephen Beggs and Louise Parker will recite readings from popular Brian Moore novels. Catch them if you can and you should!
BRIAN MOORE STREET MURAL CONSULTATION
Public Consultation Deadline Wednesday 25th August.
Paradosso is thrilled to have been given funding from the Northern Ireland Office through Belfast City Council to publicly celebrate his centenary through the commission of street art.
What would you like to see? Have your say.
BRIAN MOORE’S BELFAST WALKING TOUR
20th, 21st, 22nd 23rd, 24th August.
The tour will start at Moore’s birthplace on Clifton Street, explore the North Belfast hinterland of his youth and the journey through the city centre until finishing at the Wellington Park Hotel, the model for the Clarence Hotel of Lies of Silence. Led by Hugh Odling-Smee, the tour will last between 1 ½ – 2 hours and will be walking so bring a coat and good pair of walking shoes.
Friday 20th August – 1pmSOLD OUT Saturday 21st August – 1pmSOLD OUT Sunday 22nd August – 3pmSOLD OUT Monday 23rd August – 1pmSOLD OUT Tuesday 24th August – 1pmSOLD OUT
WRITERS AND PLACES: A VIEW FROM ACROSS THE WATER
with William Crawley and Patricia Craig
3pm. Friday 20 August. Black Box. £5.
In this special screening of the rarely seen, BBC documentary: Writers and Places: A View from Across the Water, (1980) Brian Moore talks about how his annual visits to the west coast of Ireland inspire him.
This documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Patricia Craig – writer, anthologist and literary critic and Moore’s Biographer and BBC Broadcaster William Crawley.
THE SPECIAL COLLECTION OF BRIAN MOORE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
with Glenn Patterson and Annie Murray
7.30pm. Friday 20th August . Online Event. FREE
Glenn Patterson will be in conversation with archivist Annie Murray who will take us through Moore’s writing process as he wrote The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, alone in a cabin in the mountains north of Montreal. This is a rare chance to see & hear about Moore’s attitude towards writing as a craft & how a novelist is an isolated individual by necessity.
This is a FREE online event.
With Joanna Braniff and Brian Busby.
4pm. Saturday 21st August. Online Event. £3
This is an online event.
Moore published seven pulp fiction thrillers, (under a pseudonym) between 1951 and 1957, before he achieved success and international recognition. The most significant of these early works is Intent to Kill which was adapted into a film of the same name, & directed by Jack cardiff. “Most writers would take pride in having their name on its cover, but then so very few writers can compare to Moore” Brian Busby.
Join Joanna Branniff and Brian Busby as they discuss this little known aspect of Moore’s career.
This is an online event.
THE WOMEN OF BRIAN MOORE
4pm. Sunday 22nd August. Black Box. £4 /£3
With Jan Carson, Andrew Cartmel, Wendy Erskine, Tara Ison.
In this panel discussion hosted by Caoileann Curry Thompson, we discuss Brian Moore’s female characters. They were unusual and ground breaking in their day, but do they stand the test of time in today’s current climate?
Jan Carson, Andrew Cartmel, Wendy Erskine, Tara Ison, will join Caoileann for an innovative assessment of five of Moore’s eponymous heroines.
This is a Hybrid event – In Person/Zoom
3pm. Sunday 22nd August. The Sunflower Bar. £4/£3.
Set on a small island off the coast of Ireland, a Vatican emissary (Martin Sheen) clashes with an old abbot (Trevor Howard) who does not want to change. A clash between a liberal and progressively streamlined vision of the Catholic Church with the prevailing hard-line conservatism of the day.
This film includes a great supporting cast of Cyril Cusack, Andrew Keir, Godfrey Quigley and Michael Gambon.
THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY
1pm. Monday 23rd August. The Black Box. £5.
1964, Dir: Irvin Kershner, UK
James “Ginger” Coffey (Robert Shaw), an unemployed Irishman whose nickname stems from his red hair and mustache, moves his family to Montreal in hopes of finding work. He has trouble getting a job, until a friend helps him land a lowly position at a newspaper.
Due to his poor prospects, his wife leaves him, taking their daughter with her. Ginger works at becoming a reporter to win back his wife.
Complementary ginger biscuits & coffee will be provided. Don’t ever accuse us of a weak link!!
7.30pm. Monday 23rd August. The Sunflower Bar. £4/3
The buried sins of the past almost always find a way to surface in the present. Pierre’s quiet life in southern France is disrupted as he’s haunted by his betrayals.
With an all star cast including: Michael Caine, Ciaran Hinds, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Alan Bates, Charlotte Rampling.
Directed by Norman Jewison. Canada, France, 2003
WRITING HOME with Dan Gordon.
6pm. Monday 23rd August. The Strand Arts Centre. £5/3
Introduced by Dan Gordon, this 2007 BBC documentary, local actor Dan Gordon champions his best-loved author, Brian Moore.
He was drawn to the ingenuity and directness of Brian Moore’s novels after seeing the dramatisation of The Temptation of Eileen Hughes. Moore’s flair for writing empathetic female roles convinced Gordon to discover more about this talented Ulster writer.
THE EMPEROR OF ICE CREAM: LIVE READ
7.30pm. Tuesday 24th August.St Joseph’s Church in Sailortown. £8.
Set in Belfast during the Second World War, The Emperor of Ice-Cream tells the story of 17-year-old Gavin Burke who, admitting “War was freedom, freedom from futures,” defies his Nationalist and Catholic family by volunteering as an air raid warden with the largely Protestant ARP. We journey with Gavin as he realises that there are those on the other side of the city’s bitter communal division whose friendships offer a wider horizon.
Paradosso are delighted to bring Bill Morrison’s adaptation to the stage, in the beautiful St Joseph’s Church in Sailortown, for the first time since being performed at the Abbey in 1977.
THE TEMPTATION OF EILEEN HUGHES
2pm. Tuesday 24th August. The Strand Arts Centre. £4/£3
Mona and Bernard McAuley are local celebrities, and Eileen Hughes works for them in their store in Northern Ireland. But all is not well with the McAuleys, and, in her innocence, Eileen fails to see the perilous vulnerability of her position until it is almost too late. The couple invite Eileen with them to London, where she is unwittingly drawn into a bizarre pact…
A psychological masterpiece filled with passion and suspense, ‘The Temptation of Eileen Hughes’ is a stunning exploration of obsession and morality.
Dir:Tristram Powell, BBC, 1988
AT THE BAR WITH BRIAN
7.30pm. Wednesday 25th August. The American Bar. £6
Why not join us to toast Brian Moore on the 100th anniversary of his birth and enjoy the last night of our festival at The American Bar. This will be a relaxed evening in the beer garden, a chance to enjoy readings from some of Brian Moore’s most popular books.
Our host for the evening is the brilliant actor/ writer/ comedian Tim McGarry, who will be joined by three fantastic actors: Maggie Cronin, Louise Matthews and Cillian Lenaghan.
We promise you a wonderful evening filled with spoken word, laughter and of course a drink or two!
This intimate, bespoke event is a celebration of words and music with renowned musician Neil Martin, and acclaimed actors Kathy Keira Clarke and Tim Loane.
7.30pm. Saturday 21 August. The Harty Room . Queens University. £12
Join us in Queen’s University’s beautiful Harty room, for an evening exploring some of the lesser known of Moore’s works – a short story, a ghost story and his own love letter of sorts to Ireland, written shortly before his death.
Please note this event has limited capacity.
Turnpike Books have recently published “The Dear Departed” a collection of short stories by Brian Moore which will be available to purchase on the evening through No Alibis bookstore.
This event has been supported by The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Visit No Alibis Bookshop on Botanic Avenue for Turnpike Books new editions of Brian Moore’s books and some of our authors and contributors publications
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