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Cancelled Declan Burke: ‘Crime Spraoi’
March 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
An evening of comic crime fiction, classic silent cinema and smooth live jazz at The Dock
Declan Burke’s most recent novel ‘The Lammisters’ has been described as “a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 and was selected as one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2019.
Rather than present you with just a conventional reading by the author we have decided to have a bit of fun and introduce some jazz excess of our own to proceedings!
In ‘The Lammisters’ Declan has created a bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance in a comic crime fiction novel set in 1923 Hollywood at the height of the era of silent movie stars and moguls, jazz and prohibition. The Lammisters is a comic novel that will, in the author’s words, likely be declared a wholly original comedy classic by anyone who has yet to read Flann O’Brien, Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse or Laurence Sterne.
Declan will join us in The Dock for a special evening that will include a classic silent film from the era complete with live smooth jazz from Ciaran Wilde and Jaimie Carswell and a performed reading from and talk about ‘The Lammisters’ as comic crime fiction. A renowned critic in his own right Declan will also discuss the influence of the surreal humour of Flann O’Brien, Sam Beckett, Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift and others, and why he thinks they’re the ideal literary models for the world we’re living in today.
We might even serve some cocktails in the bar!
Praise for The Lammisters:
“‘This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019
Fri 13 March, 8pm, tickets €10 from The Dock box office (071 9650828) or thedock.ie
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