LOS GATOS – LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL 2016

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 2016


 

LETTERS OF THE LAW • IRISH AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, NORCAL

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Thursday, October 6th – **Venue Change** C.B. Hannegan’s map 5.45pm – 7.45pm

$35 includes reception with appetizers & wine 5.45pm-6.15pm, followed by program

The Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival and the Irish American Bar Association host a special event with a literary and journalistic nod on the eve of the inaugural writers’ festival. Guests and speakers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Letters of the Law


 

 

WRITING UP THE IRISH: JAMES DUVAL PHELAN & VILLA MONTALVO

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Los Gatos Writer & Professor Emeritus of History James P. Walsh in Conversation with Tony Bucher, President of the Irish Literary and Historical Society. Dr. Walsh is a resident Los Gatos writer, and historian of the American Irish. He has co-hosted Irish Studies conferences at Santa Clara University, San Jose State – and C.B. Hannegan’s – and has enjoyed multiple career appointments as visiting professor at campuses of the National University of Ireland. Walsh’s Legacy of a Native Son: James Duval Phelan & Villa Montalvo, which he co-wrote with Professor Timothy J. O’Keefe, Santa Clara University, will be under discussion this evening. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF James Duval Phelan & Villa Montalvo


 

WEEKEND IRISH ‘WORDS INTO ART’ EXHIBITION

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Thursday, October 6th, 4pm to Sunday October 9th, 5pm. Gallery 24/Whitney Modern mapfree

“First we feel. Then we fall.” ― James Joyce, Finnegans Wake.
Dubliner Emer Martin‘s large paintings use excerpts from text from the last pages of Finnegans Wake that address the tensions between Lucia Joyce and her father, and Lucia and her world “where the river loses itself in the sea.”

Find out more about Lucia Joyce with Emer and special guest UC Berkeley Professor and Joyce scholar, Catherine Flynn, on Sunday, October 9th at 1.30pm. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Emer Martin on Lucia Joyce

BridieS_Furrowed Fields 12 x 9 ins oil and collage on canvas

 

Bridget “Bridie” Ryan has exhibited internationally, and her work is inspired by her native Connemara landscape, as well as the work of Irish and American poets. She works with several techniques and mixed media such as pastels, ink and collage to portray the often deserted farm buildings and the history of the area. Bridget lives in Connemara, Co Galway.

Meet the Artist, Sunday, October 9th, 4pm. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Meet the Artist with Bridget Ryan


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2016


 

BULLETS OVER BUSINESS • RICHARD MORAN and DAVID NIHILL

moranFriday, October 7th, Los Gatos Town Chambers, 3.00pm – 5pm $25 map

Rich Moran cuts through all the pablum that is on the web today to show us, with wit and humor, what is important and what works at work.” — Forbes
Richard A. Moran, is a noted Bay Area business leader, bestselling author, social scientist and serves as the President of Menlo College. Rich reads from his new book, The Thing About Work: Showing Up and Other Important Matters. Rich is credited with starting the genre of “Business Bullet Books.” more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF The Thing About Work


 

POETRY IRELAND’S RISING GENERATION

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Friday, October 7th, Friends of the Library, Los Gatos – 5pm – 5.45pm – map   free event

A sign of the vigor of new Irish poetry, Poetry Ireland’s ‘The Rising Generation’ is dedicated entirely to the work of poets who have published their first pamphlets and books in the last five years. Jane Clarke is a contributor to the collection recently produced by Poetry Ireland.

Jane recently won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. Her poetry collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Jane will be joined by Irish poet Caroline Bracken for this opening night short reading. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Poetry Ireland’s Rising Generation


 

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION & AWARDS & WELCOME

NUMUFriday, October 7th – NUMU, Los Gatos 6pm – 9pm – $100 map

Join us for an elegant evening of culture and community to ring in the inaugural Los Gatos – Listowel Writers’ Festival 2016. Enjoy short presentations, readings, wine and food at the Los Gatos New Museum (NUMU). Festival co-founder and former Irish Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan tells of the links between Los Gatos and Listowel. We are joined by Irish Consul General Philip Grant and Mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector to officially open our first annual festival. We present the Pat O’Laughlin “Contribution to Literature Award”  and contest winner presentations. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Opening Reception



JOHN FORD’S IRISH TRAGICOMEDY

grapes_quietmanbwFriday, October 7th, Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 8pm-10pm – $25 map

“Someone has suggested that Ford’s most Irish film is The Grapes of Wrath,” wrote Thomas Kenneally: it “resonates against memories of the Irish coffin ships headed across the Atlantic. . . . In this film, Ford’s thematic material, Ireland and the West, touch each other.”
Joseph McBride, author of two books on John Ford and professor of Cinema at San Francisco State, explores the blend of comedy and tragedy in the films of the great Irish American director. McBride will defend Ford’s often-criticized use of comedy and show how his intermingling of tragicomic elements is one of his artistic strengths and how it reflects his Irish heritage. The event will be introduced and moderated by Ford aficionado Tom McEnery, former San Jose mayor and owner of the Irish Innovation Center and Silicon Valley Global. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Where The Quiet Man Meets the Dust Bowl


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2016


 

IRISH IN “LOST GATOS” • MORNING WALK

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Saturday, October 8th, Town Plaza to C.B. Hannegan’s map 9.30am – 12pm $25, includes Irish brunch

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the cut of Cats’ Canyon, Los Gatos attracted gold diggers, lumberjacks, oil drillers, outlaws and artists. Discover the fascinating but often forgotten people, places, and events that have shaped the Los Gatos area over the past two centuries. Alan Feinberg, creator and developer of the recently launched Discover Lost Gatos smartphone app will lead a special festival guided tour through the historic commercial district of town. You’ll learn about a few of the remarkable Irish and Scottish settlers who helped to shape our sister city over the past two centuries. The tour continues to C.B. Hannegan’s where we meet local author and historian Peggy Conaway, and watch archive footage of the area in the film Los Gatos: Then and Now will be showing in the courtyard.  more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Lost Gatos History Walk

 


ERICA GOSS READING

ericaSaturday, October 8th, Friends of Library, 11.30am-12.15pm free event map

Born in Germany and raised in California, Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos from 2013-2016. She is the author of Wild Place (2012, Finishing Line Press) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (2014, Pushpen Press). As Poet Laureate for Los Gatos, she organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Poetry Walk, created Poems-in-the-Window (local businesses displayed poems during National Poetry Month), recorded The Poetry Podcast (50-plus recordings of poems in a variety of languages), established the first Los Gatos Poet Laureate Scholarship, and launched The Poetry Kitchen, a series at the Los Gatos Library. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Poetry Reading with Erica Goss


12.30pm-3pm: WORKSHOP Poetry with Jane Clarke Los Gatos Lodge map $100 sliding scale


1pm-3pm: WORKSHOP Youth Poetry with Erica Goss – Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center map, 1pm-3pm $20 suggested donation


THE LEGENDS OF LISTOWEL

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Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Library 12.30pm – 1.15pm free event map

Listowel in North Kerry, Ireland, is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent past and present writers, including Dr. John B. Keane, Dr. Bryan MacMahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland. Listowel Writers’ Week (founded in 1970) has become a leading event in Ireland’s literary calendar and an internationally acclaimed festival. Watch archive footage of significant Irish and international writers through the years, and find out more about the beloved Irish festival. Presented by Jimmy Deenihan and Listowel Directors Seán Lyons and Máire Logue. more

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SARA BERKELEY READS

saraTcomboSaturday, October 8th, Village House of Books, 12pm-12:45pm – free event map

Dubliner Sara Berkeley reads from her new collection ‘What Just Happened’ (The Gallery Press, 2015). Her previous collections include ‘Home Movie Nights,’ ‘Facts About Water’ and ‘The View from Here’, which was short-listed for an Irish Times Poetry Now Award. She has also published a volume of short stories, ‘The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream’ (Raven Arts Press, 1991), and a novel, Shadowing Hannah. more

RSVP REQUIRED

 


 

LITTLE LIT LOS GATOS • CHILDRENS’ PROGRAMS

pooka_emerSaturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Library 12pm-1pm  free event map

Pooka – Emer Martin’s new book is a modern take on an ancient Irish folktale, launching just in time for Halloween – a festival derived from an ancient Irish tradition that was brought over to the U.S. by Irish immigrants. From the old Irish ‘Puca, which means ‘goblin’, a Pooka is a shape-shifter and can take any form it chooses but usually it is seen in the form of a dog, rabbit, goat, goblin or even an old man. Traditionally a Pooka is seen as a dark, sleek horse with a long wild flowing mane and luminescent golden eyes. The central character in Pooka is Orla, a troubled young girl who often creates her own problems.  When the mysterious, playful Pooka takes her on a wild ride up to the moon where she meets an even more-troubled witch, they all need to learn the art of cooperation so they can safely make it back to earth. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Emer Martin – Pooka Children’s Book Launch

 

POEMS, SILLY AND SERIOUS

Gabriel-Fitzmaurice2Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center, 1pm -1:30pm free event map

Readings from the works of one of Ireland’s favorite children’s poets, Gabriel Fitzmaurice.

Will You Be My Friend? and Splat bring together Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s best-loved poems chosen from his collections for children. For the young and the young at heart, the poems range from the silly to the serious, from the sad to the happy, from the naughty to the nice. Childhood, family, school, animals, the seasons and festivals of the year are all seen through the eyes of a child. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Words, Silly & Serious

 

CHILDREN’S IRISH DANCE & STORYTELLING

kennellySaturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center, 1.30pm-2.30pm $5 suggested donation map

Unleash your inner Riverdancer. Patricia Kennelly and her teachers will demonstrate and teach their unique North Kerry style of Irish dancing. Patricia’s father was a champion dancer and teacher from Listowel who came to San Francisco in the 1950s. The Kennelly School has won titles in solo, céilí, figure and drama categories at the North American Championships, All Ireland, European, Great Britain, British National, and All Scotland Championships, and students have also placed on the podium at the World Championships. more

Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center, 3.00pm-4.00pm  $5 suggested donation

Have you got what it takes to be a storyteller? Children, join Donagh McKeown on Saturday at our storytelling workshop and win a prize in our storytelling competition. Dress in a costume and let the imagination run wild!

Eventbrite - LGLWF Kerry Steps: Irish Dance Lessons


 

STAGING INTERCULTURAL IRELAND • MATT SPANGLER, SJSU, ILHS

spanglerSaturday, October 8th, Friends of the Los Gatos Library, 1pm-1:50pm free event map

Matthew Spangler is a playwright, director, and professor of performance studies based at San Jose State University whose adaptation of The Kite Runner received several prestigious awards. Staging Intercultural Ireland is a collection that features eight plays and six interviews with migrant and Irish-born theater artists who are producing work at the intersection of interculturalism and inward-migration in Ireland during these first decades of the early twenty-first century. The book includes contributions from playwrights, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, educators, and other types of theatre-makers. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Staging Intercultral Ireland


 

ETHEL ROHAN • PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A LIFELONG READER

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Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Library, 2pm free event map

From her earliest memories Ethel Rohan has loved to read. Join Ethel for a lively talk about her journey as a voracious reader throughout her Irish childhood (despite her struggles with learning differences) and right up to the present day as an award-winning writer living in San Francisco. Writing (and living!) well are impossible without reading widely, Rohan insists. Stories open our eyes, minds, and hearts. Without stories, without books, we stay small and separate, like an acorn that never went to seed. Q&A to follow. Ethel reads from her upcoming novel Sunday, October 9th, 10am-10:50am at Village House of Books. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Reading with Ethel Rohan

 


2.00pm – 3.30pm: WORKSHOP Integrating Art, Writing and Technology with Dr. Lori Phillips, Los Gatos Main Library map – free event


DAVID BRUNDAGE • READING & SIGNING

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Saturday, October 8th, Friends of the Los Gatos Library, 2pm-2:50pm free event map

In conversation with Elizabeth Creely.

In Irish Nationalists in America, The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998 recently released by Oxford University Press, UC Santa Cruz Professor David Brundage gives us the first full-scale history of Irish nationalists in the U.S.

Beginning with the brief exile of Theobald Wolfe Tone, founder of Irish republican nationalism, in Philadelphia on the eve of the bloody 1798 Irish rebellion, and concluding with the role of Bill Clinton’s White House in the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, Brundage tells a story of more than two hundred years of Irish American (and American) activism in the cause of Ireland. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Irish Nationalists in America with David Brundage


3.00pm-6.00pm: WORKSHOP Breaking Silence: Survivor Stories with Eanlai CroninLos Gatos Lodge map$75 sliding scale


THE BROKEN PLACES: A MEMOIR • JOSEPH McBRIDE

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Saturday, October 8th, Friends of the Los Gatos Library, 3pm – 3:50pm free event map

In The Broken Places: A Memoir, internationally acclaimed American cultural historian, and professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University, Joseph McBride, recalls his troubled youth in the Midwest during the 1960s. The author’s memoir of his breakdown as a teenager and triumphant recovery gives an unsparing look at physical and psychological abuse, family dysfunction and addiction, sexual repression, and Catholic guilt. McBride is the author of nineteen books, including Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit, as well as definitive biographies of film directors Frank Capra, John Ford, and Steven Spielberg. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Joe McBride, The Broken Places

 


 

ROSE DOYLE • HEROES OF JADOTVILLE

Saturday, October 8th, Los Gatos Library, 3.00pm-4:00pm free event map

In 1961, during the United Nations intervention in the Katangan conflict in the Congo, a company of Irish peacekeeping troops was forced to surrender to soldiers loyal to Katanga’s prime minister, Moise Tshombe. They were isolated, without supplies or support when they were attacked and forced to defend themselves in a brutal five-day battle. In this new edition of Heroes of Jadotville: The Soldiers’ Story, bestselling author Rose Doyle uses interviews, reports, and journals to bring answers and clarity to an episode long ignored. She blows the lid on the real story of what happened in Africa, exposing how Irish peacekeeping soldiers became pawns in an international struggle for control of Katanga and its mineral wealth. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Rose Doyle on Heroes of Jadotville


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 4.30PM. Hotel Los Gatos map – $10

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“A Spire” is an absurdist play about Ireland and the Irish psyche. It begins with two workmen who find themselves standing atop a scaffold, against the backdrop of a Dublin skyline. The scaffold hangs from a large metal monument. The workmen’s job – it would seem – is to polish the surface of this monument. But as they do so, a bird – with uncanny accuracy – repeatedly defecates right on the spot that they are cleaning. Their already monumental task is thus rendered all the more insurmountable. more

TICKETS


Hugo Hamilton event canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Rescheduled for October 2017 festival


WOMEN IN IRISH CRIME FICTION

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Saturday, October 8th, Hotel Los Gatos map, 6:30pm-8pm –  $20 ($30 full program includes Mike McCormack)

No-host bar, free valet parking

Moderated by writer, editor and former Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Library, Margie O’Driscoll.

More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is Our Business (New Island Press, September 2016). The stories in the collection have a distinctive Irish flavor but show Irish crime writing in the 21st Century is now playing in international leagues. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Trouble is our Business

 


 

IRISH WRITERS BREAKING NEW GROUND

MIKE McCORMACK • SOLAR BONES, READING & CONVERSATION

solarSaturday, October 8th, Hotel Los Gatos map, 8.30pm-10pm – $20 ($30 full program includes Crime Fiction Women)

No-host bar, free valet parking

Q&A with Conor Howard, Anna Livia Books, will follow reading.

Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again. Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Solar Bones: Bookreading & signing with Mike McCormack

 


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2016


 

ETHEL ROHAN • BAY AREA’S LATEST IRISH LITERARY GEM

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Sunday, October 9th, Village House of Books, 10-10:50am free event map

In The Weight of Him Ethel Rohan shows herself to be one of those rare, courageous writers who dare to take on the ‘ordinary’ and show just how extraordinary it really is. A brave and moving book.”  – John Banville
Ethel Rohan will read from her two short stories collections, and from her upcoming novel, The Weight of Him (February 14, 2017 St. Martin’s Press).  The Weight of Him is a story of loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we take the stand of our lives. It’s the story of Billy Brennan, who at four hundred pounds, can always count on food, and food has always made everything better, until the day Billy’s beloved son Michael takes his own life. (advance sales available) more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Reading with Ethel Rohan


 

DERMOT HEALY TRIBUTE • CAROLINE BRACKEN

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Sunday, October 9th, Village House of Books, 11am-11:45am free event map

Dermot Healy (1947 – 2014) was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer. A member of Aosdána, Healy has been described variously as a “master”, a “Celtic Hemingway” and as “Ireland’s finest living novelist”. Often overlooked outside Ireland due to his relatively low public profile, Healy’s work is admired by his Irish literary predecessors, peers and successors alike, many of whom idolize him—among the writers to have spoken highly of him are Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, and Anne Enright.

Poet and playwright Caroline Bracken reads her contribution to the newly released Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy

Eventbrite - LGLWF Dermot Healy Tribute


 

EXAMINING THE ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND POETRY

Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Town Chambers 11.00am – 1.00pm. Suggested donation $15 map

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11.30am – 12.30pm
ELIZABETH CREELY – AN ENVIRONMENTAL TWIST: SAVING THE BAY

“The Ridgeway’s Rail and the Second Saving of the San Francisco Bay” examines an ecosystem in transition: the San Francisco Bay. Saved once in 1961 by the action of three remarkable women, Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick, and the formation of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the bay is again under threat, this time by a rising ocean and resource that used to be abundant in the bay: sediment. Wetland scientists and policy makers estimate they have just fifteen years to restore the bay’s 3,000-year old network of tidal marshes and mudflats. Join Elizabeth as she reads excerpts from her essay and discusses the challenges facing the community of wetland scientists as they race against time to ensure the future of the San Francisco Bay.

 

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12.30pm – 1.30pm

SCIENCE AND POETRY: PREDATION OR SYMBIOSIS
Are science and poetry inherently at odds with one another? Poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam and Jane Clarke explore the nature of interactions between these two disciplines.
Pireeni has received national fellowships in both cognitive science and poetry and has spoken on the intersections between poetry and the brain  in New York, San Francisco and Berlin. Jane Clarke won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Prize 2014 and recently won the Hennessy Literary Awards 2016 with three poems from her new book, The River.
Eventbrite - AN ENVIRONMENTAL TWIST: SAVING THE BAY

12.00pm – 3.00pm: WORKSHOP: Crime Fiction Workshop with Claire McGowanLos Gatos Lodge map$100 sliding scale


12.30pm – 3.00pm: WORKSHOP: The A to Z of the First Two Pages, with Caroline Bracken – Los Gatos Main Library map – free event


IRISH AMERICAN CROSSROADS WRITERS’ SALON,

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Sunday, October 9th, C.B. Hannegan’s, map 1.00pm-3.00pm – free event

How do you relate to an Irish-American identity? Do you have multiple/hybrid identities – how does Irishness fit alongside other ethnic/racial identities? How does an Irish identity inform your sense of self, community or belonging?

The Crossroads Salon is a forum for writers/artists who have Irish or Irish-American heritages or are interested in exploring Irish-American themes, as well as for readers/viewers who want to participate in this exploration, produced by the Irish-American Crossroads Festival.

Participants are welcome to bring work from a writer/artist about a relationship to identity, culture, experience that especially resonates. Each participant’s offering is limited to 8-10 minutes. more


GRANDPA THE SNIPER • READING & SIGNING BY FRANK SHOULDICE

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Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Library 12.30pm-1:20pm – free event map

Frank Shouldice is an Irish writer, director, journalist and playwright. In Grandpa the Sniper (Liffey Press, 2015) he draws on prison letters, personal diaries, and secret military and police files, to retrace a remarkable journey by his grandfather, a reluctant hero. Frank Shouldice was a GAA footballer before violence broke out in April 1916. He fought through some of the Easter Rising, was incarcerated three times, was under close surveillance by The Security Service (MI5), and led a daring four-man escape from a Welsh prison. Extensively researched and written by his grandson and namesake, it’s a fascinating trawl through a very personal history. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Letters of the Law


 

STORIES FROM 1916 & SCREENING OF A TERRIBLE BEAUTY

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Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 1.30pm-4pm – $20 map

When we started working on ‘A Terrible Beauty’ we had no idea of where it would take us …the project has grown into something much more. ” Discussion on ‘Stories from 1916’ with Jimmy Deenihan and Dave and Colin Farrell filmmakers will be followed by screening of ‘A Terrible Beauty’ Stories from 1916 is a “Living History” project, a digital portal for the collection of stories of the participants and living relatives of all those involved in the Rising in Dublin. A Terrible Beauty is the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, Irish and British, caught up in a conflict many did not understand and of the innocent men and boys, executed because of what transpired in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF A Terrible Beauty screening & discussion

 


 

PAINTING IN THE WAKE OF LUCIA

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Sunday October 9th, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Gallery 24/Whitney Modern map

Exhibition takes place Friday 7th – Sunday 9th. Meet the Artist, Sunday, October 9th, 1.30pm.

“First we feel. Then we fall.” ― James Joyce, Finnegans Wake.
Dubliner Emer Martin’s large paintings use excerpts from text from the last pages of Finnegans Wake that address the tensions between Lucia Joyce and her father, and Lucia and her world “where the river loses itself in the sea.”

Find out more about Lucia Joyce with Emer and special guest UC Berkeley Professor and Joyce scholar, Catherine Flynn, on Sunday, October 9th at 1.30pm – 2.30pm. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Emer Martin on Lucia Joyce


 

WRITING IN PICTURES: BREAKING INTO SCREENWRITING

joefilmSunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Town Chambers, 1.45pm-3.00pm – $15 map

Author, screenwriter, and San Francisco State Cinema Professor Joseph McBride will discuss the basic elements of the screenwriting craft and how an aspiring writer can break into that field. McBride is the author of the 2012 Random House guidebook Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless. His screenwriting credits include the cult classic punk rock musical Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, starring the Ramones, and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV. He is a winner of the Writers Guild of America Award and has two Emmy nominations and four other WGA nominations. more

Special guest, Sam Hamm, best known for writing the screenplay for Batman and Batman Returns and his other screen credits include Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone.

Eventbrite - LGLWF Workshop: Breaking into Screenwriting


 

TRAMP PRESS • CUTTING EDGE IN IRISH PUBLISHING. GUEST MIKE McCORMACK

trampSunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Library, 3pm – 4pm – $10 suggested donation map

Tramp Press is a new, independent publisher based in Dublin, Ireland, that strives to bring the best of new and established authors to readers all over the world, as well as reissuing out-of-print titles in their Recovered Voices series. In just three years, Tramp Press founders Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen have discovered diverse award-winning authors like Sara Baume, and published brilliant, experimental novels like Mike McCormack’s critically acclaimed Solar Bones. Join Sarah and Lisa as they talk about setting up a publishing house during a recession and making it work! more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Cutting Edge in Irish Publishing

 


 

DAN MC FADDEN • “A KITCHEN STORY” NARRATIVE

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Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Town Hall Chambers, 3pm-4.15pm – $15 map

Dan McFadden is a Santa Cruz based artist and writer. “Oh Come Ye Back”  is his new narrative on growing up Irish Catholic in Pittsburgh, and focuses on his relationship with his father, and with the Catholic Church. “My father’s worldview was tribal: he believed that if you were fortunate enough to be Irish, then you were fortunate enough. At his core he was culturally Catholic. Father was silent about his religious beliefs. But, Father was not quiet about his belief in his Church for which his people had suffered terribly….” McFadden’s one-hour presentation piece on race, ethnic conflict, family, and The Church is illustrated with wonderful spot drawings by local artist Zephyr Pfotenhauer. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Dan McFadden's Kitchen Story


 

MEET THE ARTIST • BRIDGET RYAN, GALLERY 24

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Meet the artist, Bridget Ryan, Sunday, October 9th, 4pm-5pm Gallery 24/Whitney Modern mapfree event

Bridget Ryan has exhibited internationally, and her work is inspired by her native Connemara landscape, as well as the work of Irish and American poets. She uses several techniques and media to portray this. She works with several techniques and mixed media such as pastels, ink and collage to portray the often deserted farm buildings and the history of the area. Bridget Ryan lives in Connemara, Co Galway.

Exhibition runs Thursday, October 6th to Sunday October 9th. more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Meet the Artist with Bridget Ryan


 

DETECTIVE AS MUSE – CRIME ACROSS THE MILES

Sunday, October 9th, Town Hall Chambers, 4.30pm $10 map

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Irish writer Louise Phillips (author of four psychological crime thrillers and nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel) and Bay Area crime novelist Cara Black (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris) will be joined by Irish detective Tom Doyle, and Dublin-born San Francisco Police Department Crime Scene Investigator, Ronan Shouldice for a panel discussion on writing about crime, the real versus the fictionalized, detective as muse, and the differences in legislation and covering crime both sides of the Atlantic. more

Eventbrite - LGLWF Detective as Muse: Crime Across the Miles

 


 

FLASH FICTION CRAWL

Version 2Sunday, October 9th, 3pm – 5pm, Los Gatos Coffee Roastery, ending at C.B. Hannegan’s mapfree event

Where else would you get: fighting robots, severed tongues, the art of Dressage, flying Vespas, unlikely friendships, magic mushrooms,  septuagenarian newly weds, Jennifer Lawrence’s leg cramp, a tweeker mom’s guide to laundry, back seat sex, and red leather pumps, all in one day? The Flash Fiction Forum is a reading series hosted by Works Gallery, San Jose. Join the forum crawl to declaim short fiction and performances both Irish-related and not, in pubs, coffee shops and winebars throughout the town (venues tba). more

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF Flash Fiction Crawl


 

FLANNEURS’ DRAMATIC READINGS • A BAY AREA TRIBUTE TO FLANN O’BRIEN

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Sunday, October 9th, C.B. Hannegan’s, map 6pm-7.45pm $10

Join us for an homage to one of Ireland’s most neglected literary lions as we mark the 50th anniversary year of Flann O’Brien’s death, in this, his 105th birthday week. Flann O’Brien was a novelist, playwright and columnist of singular distinction who flourished in the cold climate of a repressed mid-century Ireland. Prepare to be regaled by the words of a humourist and satirist of Swiftian proportion as we romp through the Myles catalogue. Readings include excerpts from “At Swim Two-Birds”, “An Beal Bocht”, “The Third Policeman” “An Cruiskeen Lawn”( The Brother, The Catechism of Cliche, Keats & Chapman etc!) The Anna Livia Flanneurs (Conor Howard, Colm O’Riain, Owen Murphy)

 

Eventbrite - LGLWF A Tribute to Flann O'Brien