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Voices Literary Event: Patrick McCabe & Alan McMonagle

Backstage will host the first Voices Literary Event celebrating literature with Patrick McCabe and Alan McMonagle on Thursday March 22.

Both writers will be in conversation with journalist and researcher Paula Shields, discussing their work and the influence of the midlands.


Young Irelander Alan McMonagle gathered widespread critical acclaim for his debut novel Ithaca, published by Picador in 2017 which garnered attention in Ireland and further afield.

Comparisons were made between the novel and ‘The Butcher Boy’, published by McCabe in 1992. McCabe has twice been Booker nominated and is celebrated as one of Ireland’s most iconic story tellers.

Pat McCabe & Alan McMonagle will be in conversation at Backstage on Thursday, March 22, at 8pm.

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