“Brennan now ranks alongside the great Irish storytellers such as Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, and the James Joyce of ‘The Dead”
Maeve Brennan’s short stories have long been admired by writers and cherished by readers. Born in Dublin in 1917, she became a staff writer at the New Yorker, and brought her formidable powers of perception and scathing wit to stories of childhood, marriage, longing and exile before dying in obscurity in the early nineties. Now a new edition of her celebrated Dublin stories, The Springs of Affection, aims to bring her to a wider readership. Join us in Smock Alley as publisher Declan Meade talks to broadcaster and critic, Sinéad Gleeson, and Brennan’s biographer, Angela Bourke, about her troubled life; and actress Caitriona Ní Mhurchú reads extracts from the work of one of the forgotten greats of twentieth-century Irish fiction. Please note due to unforeseen circumstances Cathy Belton will no longer be able to make an appearance at this event. Caitriona Ní Mhurchú will be her replacement. Presented in association with The Stinging Fly.