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      • Saturday 22nd February 2020

        On Saturday 22nd February 2020

      • 07:30 PM

        07:30 PM

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        Liberty Hall, Dublin

Kathy Sheridan of The Irish Times Women's Podcast interviews Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright to celebrate the publication of Actress, her first novel since 2015’s acclaimed The Green Road.

An intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives, Actress is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings. But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, one book of non-fiction, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord GáisEnergy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from one of Ireland’s greatest living authors.

This event will be recorded as part of the Irish Times Women’s Podcast which is sponsored by Green & Blacks. Last year, the podcast which covers issues relating to women in Ireland and across the world was nominated for a National Journalism Award.

There is an opportunity to buy a copy of Actress, RRP €16.99, for only €8.50 when booking your ticket. Anne will be signing copies after the event.
 

  • Actress

  • From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths

    This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

    But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

    Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

    Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

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