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The Lost Letters of Flann O’Brien, Discovered!

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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‘Discovered’ in a disused cupboard in a Dublin pub during lockdown, The Lost Letters of Flann O’Brien contains 107 never-before-seen letters written to the cult Irish writer by a collection of twentieth-century luminaries, including Joseph Goebbels, Walt Disney, Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan and Rachel Carson. Perhaps.

The letters’ supposed writers become a who’s who of Flann’s life and times, from the quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger (convincingly channelled by Anne Enright) to the widow of the pulp-western novelist Zane Grey (Roddy Doyle)

Other correspondents include Churchill, JFK, Judy Garland and Bob Dylan. On a romantic note, we also hear from Clara Ungerland, the Cologne ‘basket-weaver’s daughter’ O’Nolan claimed to have married during a 1930s trip to Germany

Compiled by Gerry Smyth who is a Professor of Irish Cultural History Reader at Liverpool John Moores University, and as the Irish Times describes,  ‘an ardent Flannorack’, this is a fabulous collection. Gerry has research interests in music and literature, and has published widely in these fields. Dr Andrew Sherlock is a dramatist and teacher working in the Department of Drama at LJMU. His quintet of plays on Liverpool life have been performed around the world. Dr. Keith Hopper (Institute of Technology, Sligo) introduces the launch event that reveals more…

Watch the launch with introduction and readings by: Gerry Smyth, Nuala O’Connor, Andrew Sherlock, Anne Casey, Celia de Fréine, Willy Maley and Whitney Standlee.

Copies available from Gerrygaroid@aol.com

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