Echoes of Echoland - Friday 19 May, 7.30pm

On Friday 19th May at 7.30pm, Mia Gallagher will hold the first event of her 2017 Writer-in-Residence season at Farmleigh – Echoes of Echoland.

This sparkling evening of music, literature and conversation will conclude the 2017 Dublin One City One Book series of events which have been celebrating Joe Joyce’s gripping spy novel Echoland. Our evening will feature songs of wartime Germany and England and performed readings by Joe and Mia from both Echoland and Mia’s acclaimed second novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland. The event will finish up with a lively conversation between the two authors and the audience – all questions, observations or memories of the period are welcome!

Songs for the evening will be presented by singer and theatre director Helen Casey. They will feature classics such as We’ll Meet Again and Lilli Marlene as well as more unusual offerings – come along and be surprised!

More on the books and writers:

Echoland by Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce Echoland

Echoland is the first novel in the Echoland series by Joe Joyce. Set in Dublin in the 1940s, with the threat of British or German invasion hanging over the country, it features young lieutenant Paul Duggan, who is tasked with investigating a suspected German spy. An addictive thriller about the double-dealing world of spies and politics, it shines a light on an exciting period in Ireland’s history.

Joe Joyce is the author of five thrillers, a history/biography of The Guinnesses and a critically acclaimed play, The Tower, about James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty. He is co-author with Peter Murtagh of The Boss, the classic account of Irish politician Charles Haughey in power, and Blind Justice, about a celebrated miscarriage of justice in Ireland in the 1970s. He has worked as a journalist for The Irish Times, The Guardian, and Reuters news agency.

Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland by Mia Gallagher

Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland

Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland is a layered, compelling novel which travels between contemporary Dublin, 1970s Ireland, post-war Czechoslovakia and an intriguing parallel universe. Through the central figures of the Madden family and their Anglo-German ‘help’, Lotte Bauer, it tells a powerful story of family breakdown, wartime atrocities and our human need for self-determination.

Mia Gallagher is the author of two acclaimed novels and her award-winning short fiction has been published internationally. She was guest-editor of the Stinging Fly’s Winter 2016/2017 issue Fear & Fantasy, and was recently awarded a Literature Bursary to develop her next novel. Mia has also written and performed professionally for the stage; her theatre work has toured widely in Ireland and across Europe.

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Helen Casey has a long association with Brecht, Dietrich and German cabaret, having spent time in Berlin in the 80s. She has worked as a German teacher, theatre director, youth drama facilitator and is currently engaged with second level drama.

This event is free to attend. To apply for tickets click here farmleighinfo@opw.ie

Deadline for ticket application is

5pm Wednesday 10th May

Please note that only successful applicants will be notified.