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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter in conversation with Madeleine Keane

DateSunday March 28th
Cost€5 - €10

The Festival Bookseller for this event is The Gutter Bookshop.

We welcome Max Porter for an exploration of The Death of Francis Bacon, his highly acclaimed latest novel. Described as boundary- pushing, dark and playful, the novel comprises seven 'written pictures' and a 'preparatory sketch.' It inhabits the mind’s eye of the artist as, lying on his deathbed in a Madrid clinic in 1992, he composes his seven final paintings.

Max Porter says ‘This is my attempt to write as painting, not about it; an attempt to replicate thought, struggle, the struggle of thought, but also the sheer energy of the eye’s confrontation with the painted image. It’s the result of a long preoccupation I’ve had with Francis Bacon and I hope that, even though it is a book about death, it’s very much a living thing.’

Max Porter is the author of Lanny, longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. He is the recipient of the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award.

Madeleine Keane is an editor, lecturer and award-winning travel journalist. She joined the Sunday Independent in 1988 and has been its Literary Editor for the last 18 years. She co-founded the Irish Book Awards.

L: Max Porter (©Lucy Dickens). R: Madeleine Keane.