AS part of this year’s Leaves literary festival, one of the country’s top authors will be in Laois next weekend to share some of his wisdom. John Banville will be appearing in Stradbally Hall at 8pm on Friday, November 11. He will be joined by Jean O’ Brien, as well as MC for the evening - former Laois writer in residence Mary O’Donnell.
Born in Wexford in the 1940’s, John Banville has become an internationallly recognised author, winning a number of prestigious awards. His works include Mefisto, The Book of Evidence, Ghosts, Athena: A Novel, The Untouchable, Eclipse, Shroud, Prague Pictures: Portrait Of A City, The Sea, and The Infinities.
Banville has long been recognised for his talent and this year received the Franz Kafka Prize. Other awards include the Booker Prize and Irish Book Award Novel of the Year for The Sea, as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Guinness Peat Aviation Award, the Allied Irish Bank Fiction Prize, and honorary patronage of the University Philosophical Society, to name but a few.
As well as releasing works under his own name, Banville also writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, with titles including Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, The Lemur, Elegy for April and A Death In Summer. He has also written a number of plays throughout his career.
Music on the night will be provided by pianist Andreas Balke from the Laois School of Music. Tickets are now on sale from the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Contact 057 86 63355 or visit www.dunamaise.ie to book tickets or for more information. Visit www.laois.ie for more on this year’s Leaves festival and read next week’s Stage Left.