An Evening of Words and Music
Evelyn Conlon and Fintan Valley
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
7:30 p.m. (book table at 7 p.m.)
Reception and book signing to follow.
Gailliot Center, 5th floor University Commons
CONLON is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and anthologist from Co.
Monaghan, Ireland. She travelled extensively in Australia and Asia before returning to
Ireland and National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where, as well as getting her degree
and diploma in education, she started its crèche in 1976. Conlon has published four novels:
Stars in the Daytime (1989), A Glassful of Letters (1998), Skin of Dreams (2003) and
Not the Same Sky (2013). She has also published three collections of short stories: My
Head is Opening (1987), Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour (1993), and Telling: New and
Selected Short Stories (2001). Conlon has variously compiled and edited four books: An
Cloigeann is a Luach (writings from Limerick), Cutting the Night in Two (an anthology of
short stories by 20th century Irish women), Annaghmakerrig (an anthology of work from
residents of Annaghmakerrig Artists’ Retreat in Co. Monaghan) and Later On (an anthology
of fact, fiction, and poetry as a memorial work thirty years after the Monaghan Bombing).
Her short stories have been anthologized and translated into several languages including
Italian, Tamil, French, German and Chinese. She has given readings throughout the world
(Britain, the USA, Australia, Japan, Jerusalem and Indonesia among others) and has been a
writer-in-residence at many literary and other seasonal schools in Ireland and abroad. Conlon
is a regular broadcaster of her essays on national radio in Ireland and on the BBC. She is a
member of Aosdána, the Irish Association which honors distinguished artistic work. Her last
novel, Not the Same Sky, was launched at the NSW Houses of Parliament, Sydney. Her next
collection of stories is due out in Autumn 2020, and she is still working on a collection of
essays that is not a memoir.
VALLELY is a musician, writer, lecturer, and researcher on Traditional music.
He was the author of the first tutor for Irish flute (1986, 2012) and has written and edited
numerous books and biographies on Irish music and song. He has led and taught programs
in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; Ulster University, Dundalk Institute of
Technology, Newcastle University, Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, and
is now an adjunct professor with University College, Dublin. A contributor to conferences
and journals on Traditional music, he was an initiator of the first Irish Conferences on it in
1996 and 2003. His PhD research is on the entry of the flute to Ireland, and his work since
covers identity, song, gender, the bodhrán drum, and the cataloguing of the Irish-American
song-sheet collection held by Fondation Princesse Grace in Monaco. His major publication
is the 878-page encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music (1999, 2011 & [t.b.p.]
2021), out of which he has developed and now performs Compánach, a complementary
audio-visual concert show and CD. The encyclopedia was given a CHOICE award, putting
it in the top 3% of the more than 25,000 titles submitted to CHOICE. He has LP, cassette
and CD albums of flute music (1979, 1992, 2005) and song (1988, 2004), and is currently
producing an album of his own compositions.
Free and open to the public with free parking.
For more information, contact Sarah Williams-Devereux or Tess Barry.
This reading is sponsored by the Carlow University MFA in Creative Writing Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University.
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