Anne Enright with Marian Richardson

Date: Saturday March 28th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 7pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult

Anne Enright’s latest novel Actress is described as a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths. Anne tells the story of Irish theatre legend, Katherine O'Dell, as written 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. 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.

Anne Enright has written six novels, two books of short stories and a book of essays about motherhood. She was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction (2015-2018). Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker and The Paris Review. Essays, lectures and articles are published by The London Review of Books, The Dublin Review, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The New York Times. She was editor of The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (2011). Key awards were The Man Booker Prize (2007) - which brought her work to global attention - The Andrew Carnegie medal for Excellence in Fiction (2012) and the Irish Novel of the year (2008 and 2016). Her work has been translated into almost 40 languages and is regularly reviewed. Current foreign publishers include DVA (Germany), Bromberg (Sweden), Bezige Bej (Netherlands) and Actes Sud (France). She was born in Dublin in 1962, and stayed.

Broadcasting legend Marian Richardson boasts a forty year career in front of and behind both camera and mic. She began her career with RTE on Bosco, she also presented on RTE 2fm, hosting Toss The Feathers.She moved on to Women Today and in the mid 1980s, to the newsroom with Morning Ireland and the News at One. She led the way on Today with Pat Kenny Show as series producer for a number of years. Marian moved on to Drivetime and later as presenter and producer of Playback, a jewel in the RTE crown, where she remained at the helm until relatively recently.

Anne Enright (© Hugh Challoner)