Saturday, June 09, 2007

Read today…rewrite your tomorrows

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Donnelly will be in Leenane Library on Friday night 15th June 2007 at 8.00pm when he conduct an exploration of some of the interesting fiction and poetry to be found on the shelves of Leenane Library.

Among the books to be found in the Leenane library is a new edition of Don Quixote. This book was a bestseller when it first appeared in 1605 and has continued to sell ever since. In 2002, 100 major writers from 54 countries rated Don Quixote the world's best work of fiction. This new translation has been delivered in plain but plentiful contemporary English. It has been said that this Don Quixote can be read with the same ease as the latest Philip Roth.
Also in the library is Giovanni Guareschi’s famous Little World of Don Camillo. Guareschi’s series of Don Camillo novels humorously detail the perpetual competition between a village priest, Don Camillo, and the village's Communist mayor, Peppone, as they vie for the villagers' favour.
You will also find Dante’s Inferno, a book that has inspired readers for 700 years, and has entered the human imagination.

Also in the library is In memory of My Feelings, a selection of the poetry of Frank O’Hara. O'Hara's poems made poetry seem as natural as breathing. He liked composing on the run, living in the heart of noise. He dashed off numerous poems on his lunch break. O’Hara, who is of Irish ancestry, spent many years working at The Museum of Modern Art in New York before his untimely death in 1966. The book was edited by the poet Bill Berkson who invited thirty artists who had known O’Hara, ranging from Willem de Kooning to Claes Oldenburg, from Joan Mitchell to Jasper Johns, to produce works to accompany his poems. It is a beautiful book.

Neil Donnelly will also look at and read from the book Watching the River Flow, a fine anthology published by Poetry Ireland, which offers an extensive survey of a century of Irish poetry.

Come along and join us for an enjoyable evening in Leenane on Friday evening June 15th. Admission is free.

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