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Patrick McCabe and Timothy O’Grady

Ireland & Britain: Divided by a Common History

Hay Festival 2023, 

Join us for a wild literary fleadh (festival) to celebrate the republication of Timothy O’Grady and Steve Pyke’s photographic novel Could Read the Sky after 26 years, and the paperback publication of Patrick McCabe’s magnificent shape-shifting epic, Poguemahone. McCabe and O’Grady will dissect the complex relationship between Ireland and Britain, from the largely invisible lives of workers who built the roads and railways, to the songs and folklore both cultures share, and the long and bitter history of violence which has often obscured this deeper cultural exchange. Their conversation will be punctuated by readings from both books. In conversation with John Mitchinson.

Patrick McCabe and Timothy O’Grady