Irish PEN was delighted to host a reading by Hugo Hamilton last month. The renowned author read from his new book Hand in the Fire. He spoke of the challenges of fictionalising and noted the theme of the outsider and acceptance within a culture recurs in his work. We learned too that the wonderful photo of the little boy concentrating with great determination, finger pointing at the text, on the cover of The Speckled People is none other than himself as a youngster.
The AGM of Irish PEN takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday 13 May at the United Arts Club, after which Hugo Hamilton will be reading from, and talking about, his latest book.
We appeal to all members to attend the AGM. Several committee members are leaving the committee and Irish PEN cannot continue to serve Irish writers without people to replace them. This is a cri de coeur, appealing to you to make yourself available for service on the committee, whether you are a full-time or associate member. Please consider offering some of your time for the benefit of Irish writers.
Long-time committee member, treasurer and former chair Marita Conlon McKenna will sadly be stepping down after many years of committed service.
The committee meets once a month for the hour preceding the monthly Irish PEN event. Now is the time to go for it. Please turn up and make yourself available. We need you!