Kevin Barry on the Beat with Lennon in Ireland
Hosted by Chairman of Bealtes Legacy Group and lead singer of the Farm, Peter Hooton.
Set in 1978, Kevin Barry’s latest novel Beatlebone takes the reader on a surreal trip to the island John Lennon bought off the coast of Ireland in 1967, for the princely sum of £1,550 (you don’t get so many islands for your pound these days). The novel is a compelling mix of Barry’s dynamic prose and Lennon’s search for himself, or rather ‘to get over himself’, with a dose of primal scream therapy along for the ride through the beautiful territory of the West of Ireland onto Lennon’s isle of Dornish. Barry is one of the most exciting writers around today, and both his 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winning City of Bohane and Beatlebone sit well within WoW’s theme this year of exploring alternative histories and alternative futures. For lovers of writing and literature at the cutting edge, and for those keen to see what the envisioned interior of Lennon’s mind looks like, this really is one unmissable evening.
Kevin Barry burst onto the Irish literary scene with his debut short story collection There Are Little Kingdoms in 2007, which quickly achieved cult status for its dark and beautifully told tales of smalltown life in modern Ireland. Barry was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1969. He has travelled widely throughout his life, including a spell in Liverpool, which had an enormous imaginative impact on him. Barry's second short story collection, Dark Lies the Island, includes the hilarious but troubling 'Beer Trip to Llandudno', following a bunch of Liverpool friends on a supposedly light-hearted day out. It's typical of how Barry's writing can be both wildly funny and unsettling. Irvine Welsh has said that Barry is "the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in year"; don't miss this chance to hear him read. Beatlebone won last year's Goldsmith's Prize for experimental fiction.
Featuring live Beatles' set by Liverpool LadyBugs.
Date: Friday 13th May
Time: 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)
Venue: The Casa, 29 Hope St, Liverpool, L1 9BQ