An Evening With Pat McCabe

Westport Town Hall Theatre. Saturday 27th Oct, 7 pm
Tickets €15 / €10

Don’t miss this chance to spend an evening with a Booker Prize-nominated author, a true giant of the Irish literary landscape.

A highly entertaining evening of stories and music with one of Ireland’s finest writers (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, Winterwood). McCabe will read from a selection of his novels along with his newest, Heartland, a dark and twisted redneck black comedy about love and the horror we can visit upon one another—and ourselves. Local Westport musicians will provide the soundtrack to accompany this brilliant storytellers evening. 

A conflation of the wild west and Irish rural small- town life, Heartland touches on themes of loneliness, violence, menace and revenge and McCabe clearly revels in blending American western and Irish rural vernaculars. If Quentin Tarantino, Samuel Beckett, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch sat down to write a book together, the tone might be something similar. The Booker Prize-nominated author sums up his novel as an ode to ‘the old weird, indomitable Celtic heart – Ulysses meets The Dandy and Oor Wullie. Or, if you like, the Carter Family on the moon...’.

“McCabe writes like an Irish Lenny Bruce,” says The New York Times, “riffing at warp speed, swerving from one time to another and strewing the landscape with allusion-and somehow it all makes sense.” His work has been described as ‘stunning ... part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield, part Hannibal Lecter’.

Grab your tickets fast, this is one evening of tales you won't want to miss!