7 highlights of Belfast Book Festival
ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMEN
6PM // £7 | £5 // CRESCENT ARTS 10 June
Not a single country anywhere in the world has achieved gender equality. In more than a few countries, progress for women has stalled or is reversing. While campaigning for the Women’s Equality Party, she noticed that many people found it hard to envisage a gender-equal world. With reference to her insightful, revelatory, often hilarious, and hugely inspiring book, she will discuss this world and share inside views and experiences.
A former editor at large of TIME Magazine and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, Mayer was named on the Evening Standard’s 2016 Progress 1000 list.
In association with Women’s Equality Party Northern Ireland
THE LIFE OF A PAINTER
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY CONOR MAGUIRE
11 June 2PM & 8PM // £7 | £5 // CRESCENT ARTS
From humble beginnings, orphaned as a child and farmed out to a family in Moira, John Lavery went on to live in the higher echelons of society. Painting his first picture at the age of 20, he would later become one of the most renowned portrait painters of his era.
Having taught Churchill to paint, and counting lords, ladies, politicians and royalty among his friends, Lavery became a critical player at the time when the Irish treaty was being signed.
This one-man show has been adapted for stage by Conor Maguire from John Lavery’s 1940 Autobiography, The Life of a Painter.
SARA PASCOE WITH SARAH FIRBY
15th June 8PM // £12 | £10 // BLACK BOX // 16+
We are excited to welcome to the Belfast Book Festival stage comedian and author Sara Pascoe as she discusses her hilarious debut book Animal.
Animal explores theories of how the female body evolved alongside cultural analysis and personal experience. The book provides a fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women – and it’s packed full of jokes too.
Sara has appeared on Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI, Room 101, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats as well as acting in Twenty Twelve and The Thick of It and writing columns for The Guardian. We are delighted that she can join us at this year’s festival in conversation with Sarah Firby.
LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES
16th June 6.30PM // £8 | £6 // CRESCENT ARTS
We’re delighted to welcome the author of the bestselling book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis De Bernières as he joins us to talk about about his latest novel Blue Dog – the beautiful prequel inspired by the adaptation of its predecessor Red Dog, to the big screen.
The always prolific author will also touch on his recently published novel, the critically acclaimed The Dust That Falls From Dreams, as well as look at his latest collection of poetry Of Love and Desire. This event is set to be one of the literary highlights of this year’s festival
POLARI LITERARY SALON
16th June 8PM // £8 | £6 // SUNFLOWER BAR
London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari has come to Belfast. Now in its 10th year, Polari has been showcasing the best in established and emerging LGBT literary talent since 2007. Curated and hosted by author Paul Burston, Polari features a mixture of visiting and local guests including Belfast author Paul McVeigh, performing their own unique work.
Polari began in the upstairs room of a bar in Soho. Events are now held monthly at the Southbank Centre and feature the best in established and emerging LGBT literary talent.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
IN CONVERSATION WITH ELIZABETH NELSON GORMAN
16th June 7PM // £8 | £6 // CRESCENT ARTS
On 23 November 2013, 10 children were shot dead. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average 7 children and teens are killed by guns daily.
Editor-at-large at The Guardian, Gary Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and told their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.
This is a book, which will lead the news agenda on publication and will leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.
THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE
WITH DANIEL JEWESBURY
16th June 8PM // £10 / £8 // CRESCENT ARTS
The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society.Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt
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