These fifteen commemorative pieces by friends, family and colleagues pay tribute to this one-of-a-kind artist, historian and architect. Illustrated by his sketches and photographs, together they capture the protean spirit and personality of this remarkable individual.
Fierce Love is sourced from production notebooks and copious correspondence held in NUI Galway, measuring for the first time the achievements of Mary O'Malley, a controversial and resourceful woman swimming against the tide of populism and sectarianism, to establish an independent academy for actors and artists in a tireless quest for imaginative freedom and excellence.
The first part of C.S. "Todd" Andrews's autobiography tells of his childhood and the part he played in the uprisings in Ireland between 1916 and 1923, from the Easter Rising to the War of Independence and Civil War. It recounts his street fighting against the British and his escape from internment.
This novel by Maylis Besserie, the first of her Irish trilogy, shows us Samuel Beckett at the end of his life in 1989, living in Le Tiers-Temps retirement home. It is as if Beckett has come to live in one of his own stage productions, peopled with strange, unhinged individuals, waiting for the end of days.
In his eighty-eighth year, John Boorman CBE uses his time in lockdown to reflect on the splendour of the surrounding nature of County Wicklow. Poetry flows from his pen as he sits chairbound among his trees and flora: sycamores, beech, oak, redwood, shrubs and flowers, birdsong and shifting skies are luminously recorded as the world falls silent.