Dermot Healy at Cafe Sessions

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 4th November, 2009 5:00pm

Blue Valentines presents a reading by Dermot Healy at Cafe Sessions in Chapter 1 today (Thursday, November 5) at 8pm. Admission is free for what should be a great evening, which is being filmed as part of a programme for Arts Lives on RTE.

Go along for the coffee, wine and food and the brilliantly talented support act, Sue King on piano.

Healy was born in Westmeath in 1947 and his short stories are collected as Banished Misfortune. His novels are Fighting with Shadows; A Goat's Song; and Sudden Times. His autobiography is The Bend for Home.

He is a member of Aosdána and lives in Sligo and his plays include The Long Swim (1988); Curtains (1990); and On Broken Wings (1992). His version of Lorca's Blood Wedding was staged in 1989.

His poetry includes Neighbours' Lights (1992); The Ballyconnell Colours; What the Hammer; and The Reed Bed. He starred in the 2002 film I Could Read The Sky, adapted by Nichola Bruce from the photographic novel by Timothy O'Grady and Steve Pyke. Other work includes the text of After the Off (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999).

His awards include the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976); the Tom Gallon Award (1983); the Encore Award (1995); and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award, 2002.

The Cafe Sessions is supported by Cavan Arts Office - look out for The Mighty Stef on November 19.

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