In the Middle of…
A music, theatre and literary evening in celebration of Mary Lavin, curated by Deirdre Kinahan
At The Courthouse, Kells, 8 & 9 January @ 8pm, Doors: 7.30pm
and Dublin Unitarian Church, 10 January @ 8pm, Doors: 7.30pm
In the Middle of… is an eclectic mix of original performance to include music, theatre, readings, spoken-word, and song, in an exciting celebration of the extraordinary life and work of Irish writer, Mary Lavin, by some of Ireland’s top performing artists.
Kinahan’s personal life is echoed in her own section of the night’s performance, where her writings circle around a woman coming out of breast cancer treatment. It is funny, yet brutal in its honesty. This was inspired by Lavin, and informed by Kinahan’s own recent experience in battling cancer.
Commissioned by Meath County Council Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. Produced by AOB Arts Management, this event opens at the Courthouse, Kells, Co Meath (January 8 & 9) and transfers to the Dublin Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green (January 10).
Mary Josephine Lavin (1912 – 1996) was a major Irish short story writer and novelist whose work stands comparison with Chekhov. She is regarded as a pioneering female author in the traditionally male dominated world of Irish letters. Lavin’s work contains sharp insights into the quiet tragedies and joys of human life and she is considered one of the great artists of the short story in the English language. Mary Lavin’s work received numerous international awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Katherine Mansfield Prize. Many of her stories were first published in the prestigious New Yorker. Joyce Carol Oates called her one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century.
‘’I myself at times have had such a feeling of life’s rushing past, that I wanted in my stories to arrest that onrush and examine an instant or a character in the same way that a scientist examines a specimen under a microscope : – when you see the many small inner patterns below the large pattern of a whole life.’’ Mary Lavin
The Courthouse, Kells
8 & 9 January @ 8pm
Dublin Unitarian Church
10 January @8pm