Monica McInerney’s Book launch of ‘The Trip of a Lifetime,’ –Marita with Monica , Sinead Moriarty and Martina Devlin.
Great to get along to Dubray Books on Grafton Street for Monica McInerney’s Book launch of ‘The Trip of a Lifetime,’ the third book in the Australian Quinlan family series which began with ‘Alphabet Sisters’. This book has the indomitable Lola Quinlan returning to visit her homeland in Ireland with her granddaughter and great- grand daughter in tow.
Author Sinead Moriarty, a close friend of Monica’s launched the book, which is already top of the bestselling charts in Australia. Lots of writer friends came along to join in the celebrations with Monica who divides her time between living in Australia and Ireland- The best of both worlds!
On Saturday as Dublin sweltered, it was straw hats and sunshades for The Bloomsday Garden Party at Aras an Uachtaran, where everyone got a warm welcome from President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. There were bands playing as everyone mingled and chatted and strolled around the magnificent gardens, with plenty of entertainment as we lolled under shady parasols.
Then it was full afternoon tea served in the marquee on the lawn as we listened to Joycean inspired opera and readings including a brilliant section of Ulysses read by the president’s wife Sabina. There was more poetry, prose and music with the President joining in with a poem of his own. The Stunning set everyone’s feet hopping before heading back outside.
Afterwards we dallied listening to some mellow jazz in that most beautiful of gardens.
What a swell summer party!!
Hans Zimmer concert
Sunny Dublin was at its very best this week and I was over the moon to get along to the Hans Zimmer concert in the 3 Arena.
Zimmer is an extraordinary composer who creates such mood and atmosphere and tells story with his music and film scores. He talked about his work, the directors he has worked with, and the inspiration for many of his projects. He and his incredible musicians, orchestra and choir gave us everything from Gladiator to The Lion King, and Batman to Interstellar. A packed audience of all ages gave a well- deserved standing ovation to one of the greatest composers of modern times.
On Bloomsday itself I was at ‘The Dalkey Book Festival’ where in the Big Marquee overlooking the water, North Korean writer Hyeonseo Lee talked with Michael Breen about the difficulties of growing up in North Korea. She talked candidly about her family and the day to life they lived under a harsh regime where everyone is under suspicion and watched. A wonderful writer and speaker she explained to the large crowd about the title of her book, ‘The Girl with Seven Names’- which is how she has somehow managed to try to protect herself and her relations from the regime as she escaped to China and eventually to South Korea.